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Gov. Rick Scott appoints defeated Jacksonville mayoral candidate Mike Hogan to state commission

Gov. Rick Scott found a new gig for Mike Hogan, a former Republican state representative and Duval County tax collector who lost his bid for Jacksonville mayor in May.

Hogan will be chairman of the Public Employees Relations Commission through Jan. 1, 2012. The commission is charged with preventing disruptions to public services by settling labor disputes.

Hogan won endorsements from Scott and the First Coast Tea Party but Democrat Alvin Brown won the race.

Scott also appointed previous commission member and attorney Donna Poole of Tallahassee on Wednesday. She is the wife of Van Poole, a well-known lobbyist, former state senator and former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Here's the release:

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointments of Joseph “Mike” Hogan and Donna M. Poole to the Public Employees Relations Commission.


Hogan, 61, of Jacksonville, served as the Duval County Tax Collector from 2003 to 2011. In 2008, he was appointed to serve on the statewide constitutional Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which was charged with examining the state budget process, revenue needs, and expenditure processes through the year 2028.

Previously, he served as a Florida state representative from 2000 to 2003 and a city councilman for the city of Jacksonville from 1991 to 1999. Hogan was also employed by AT&T for 25 years as a human resources specialist and labor relations manager. As labor relations manager, he handled union grievances, arbitrations, and was responsible for assisting and training all managers regarding labor issues. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.

 Hogan succeeds Stephanie Williams Ray as Chair and is appointed for a term beginning July 27, 2011, and ending January 1, 2012.

Poole, 55, of Tallahassee, has been a self-employed labor law attorney since 2009. Previously, she practiced in the private sector with a focus on civil litigation from 1981 to 1987 and served as general counsel to the Florida Department of Labor from 1987 to 1988. Poole served as a Public Employee Relations Commissioner from 1988 to 1990, as well as in 1997. She then served as chair of the Public Employees Relations Commission from 1999 to 2008. From 1990 to 1996, Poole and her husband owned and operated four Blockbuster Video stores in the Tallahassee/Thomasville area. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University.

She succeeds Jessica Varn and is appointed for a term beginning July 27, 2011, and ending January 1, 2014.