Israel named to council on violent crime and drug control
New Broward County Sheriff Scott J. Israel has been appointed to the 14-member Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council. Israel defeated incumbent Al Lamberti in November.
Volusia County Sheriff Ben F. Johnson, 62, of Deland, has been reappointed to the council.
The council provides advice and makes recommendations on issues including gang criminal investigations, money laundering and drug control.
Teachers recognized at Cabinet meeting
Five of the 2013-2014 District Teachers of the Year were recognized at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting:
Carrie Cooper, Columbia County, Columbia High School
Deborah Hodge, Dixie County, Dixie County High School
Kathy Griffin, Hamilton County, Central Hamilton Elementary School
Nicole Roddenberry, Jefferson County, Jefferson County Elementary School
Kelli Williams, Suwannee County, Suwannee Primary School
Scott, Brogan at TaxWatch awards for cost-cutting employees
Scott will be speaking at the Florida TaxWatch's awards ceremony for state employees who have contributed innovative and cost-saving ideas. The 25th Annual Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards gala will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 at the Florida State University, University Center Club.
The ceremony will grant 191 awards to state employees from the Tallahassee/Northwest Florida area. Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state university system, will serve as master of ceremonies.
FMA tweaks government affairs team
The Florida Medical Association is making some changes in its government affairs team, with some staffers getting new titles and more responsibility.
Katie Ballard, director of legislative affairs, will play a key part on the FMA's lobbying team along with fundraising efforts.
Eric Carr, legislative and political grassroots coordinator, will be responsible for rebuilding the FMA legislative key contact program.
Michelle Jacquis, director of policy management and legislative operations, will track bills introduced in the legislature and coordinate public policy positions.
Holly Miller, governmental affairs counsel, will assume a more active role on the FMA lobbying team.
Monte Stevens, director of governmental affairs and public policy, will manage the FMA’s in-house lobbying team.
FMA General Counsel Jeff Scott providea legal and policy guidance and will draft bills and amendments.
Executive Vice President Timothy J. Stapleton will be responsible for developing and implementing the FMA's overall legislative and political strategy.