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Movers and Shakers: Scott appoints state surgeon general, The Florida Current hires newly retired Cotterell

Scott appoints state surgeon general

Gov. Rick Scott names John. H. Armstrong as the state’s new surgeon general and secretary of the Department of Health. He replaces former Surgeon General Frank Farmer, who resigned in March to be with his ailing wife.

Armstrong is an associate professor and chief medical officer at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. He previously served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 17 years.

The Florida Medical Association endorsed Armstrong for the job, citing his “distinguished military career and many years of medical practice as a surgeon with unique training and leadership positions in trauma care and emergency management.”

Cotterell lands at LobbyTools

After many farewell and a very short retirement, Florida Capitol journalist Bill Cotterell will land at LobbyTools and The Florida Current on May 1. Cotterell recently retired from the Tallahassee Democrat after 42 years as a statehouse reporter.

Scott ousts 10 appointees
The Senate failed to confirm about 400 government appointees, leaving the decisions up to Gov. Rick Scott.

Perhaps the highest profile departure was from University of Florida trustee Carlos Alfonso, who resigned after he realized he wouldn't be reappointed.

Asked about the issue on Tuesday, Scott said:

"I looked to see who was the most qualified. Did they believe in the things that I believe in? ... Some people decided they didn't want to continue to serve, and some I made the decision that I would appoint somebody new."

Spellman to join Volunteer Florida

Chester Spellman, director of appointments for Gov. Rick Scott, will become chief executive officer of Volunteer Florida on May 11.

Hannah Causseaux, who served in House Speaker Dean Cannon's office, will take over Spellman's duties as appointments director.

“Chester has been an integral part of my team and has been a tremendous asset in helping me identify highly qualified individuals to serve on various boards throughout the state," Scott said in a statement.

Movers and Shakers is a weekly roundup of personnel changes. Please send tips to bdavis@tampabay.com or via twitter @britt_alana.