Former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Sole has landed a high-paying job at Florida Power & Light, the state's largest electric utility company. Sole, one of the longest serving agency heads under Gov. Charlie Crist, will be vice president of state governmental affairs, lobbying the executive branch issues, except his former agency, according to sources close to the company.
Sole will report to Eric Silagy, the FPL vice president and chief development officer who got into hot water last year for allowing staffer to conduct a campaign to discredit Public Service Commissioners Nancy Argenziano, Nathan Skop, David Klement and Steve Stevens. Silagy was also called out for meeting with Sole, and legislators last year, without registering as a lobbyist.
With salary, stock and bonus, Sole will be paid more than $350,000, sources said. Attempts to reach Sole and FPL for comment have been unsuccessful so far.
"FPL has a history of hiring highly-placed governmental officials to help them have policy written in a way that benefits their shareholders," said Susan Glickman, an environmental consultant lobbyist for the National Resources Defense Council in Florida. "Mike Sole is well-respected and they are wise to capture that good will."