New appointments at the Department of Agriculture
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam has named five appointments in his department.
Alan Edwards has been named director of administration for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Edwards, who has served with the agency for more than 20 years in various roles, was previously the director of policy and budget. Prior to joining the department, he was the controller for a multimillion dollar construction company and sole proprietor of a CPA firm.
Derek Buchanan, who joined the department in 2008, has been named director of policy and budget. He held several positions in finance and accounting and policy and budget, and previously served as a senior auditor for the Florida Auditor General’s Office.
Brooke McKnight has been promoted to cabinet affairs director. She was previously in the deputy director position. She also served as a senior legislative assistant for Putnam when he was a U.S. representative for Florida's 12th Congressional district.
Jessica Field started working as deputy cabinet affairs director on Oct. 1, afer working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2008. She was most recently an environmental consultant.
Jon Rees has been named deputy legislative affairs director. He recently served as the legislative assistant to Rep. Ross Spano.He's a former governmental and political affairs coordinator for Associated Industries of Florida.
DCF press secretary moves to the Attorney General's office
Whitney Ray, who had been press secretary for the Department of Children and Families for about five months, has joined Attorney General Pam Bondi's office as press secretary.
Before working at DCF, Ray was a TV reporter for the Capitol News Service.
Ray replaces John Lucas, who has become press secretary at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.