Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry was in Tallahassee today meeting with Gov. Rick Scott, but he made clear that it has nothing to do with the potential of Scott considering him for the soon-to-be vacant chief financial officer position.
“I love being mayor of Jacksonville,” Curry said when we asked him if he is interested in being CFO. “I’m over here today talking to the governor about Jacksonville issues.”
Current elected CFO Jeff Atwater has already announced he is leaving the position early in May to take a job at Florida Atlantic University. That gives Scott the authority to appoint an interim CFO who could serve until the end of 2018 when the next election for the position is held.
Curry’s name has come up as a potential candidate for CFO given he is a CPA, the former Republican Party of Florida chairman and is the mayor of the city with the largest population in Florida. He’s also from a county - Duval - that is a must win for Republicans to win statewide.
Curry has only been mayor for 2 years and has a term that runs until 2019. He would have to take a major pay cut from his $174,000 a year in Jacksonville to less than $130,000 for CFO.
Scott has not said who he is considering for CFO or when he would make a decision. Check out here some of the other candidates that we’ve speculated could be in the running.