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Sellers starts work as Scott's chief of staff Dec. 1

Melissa Sellers confirmed Monday she has accepted the post of chief of staff in Gov. Rick Scott's second administration, effective Dec. 1. Sellers, 32, managed Scott's successful re-election campaign and has been viewed as the odds-on favorite for the powerful position.

"It's humbling and I'm honored," said Sellers, 32, a journalism graduate of the University of Texas. The chief of staff controls access to the governor, acts as a intermediary with the Legislature and agencies and is chiefly responsible for executing the governor's agenda.

Sellers will replace Adam Hollingsworth, who is leaving the post after two-and-a-half years, and she will be Scott's fourth chief of staff, also following Mike Prendergast and Steve MacNamara.

Scott also appointed Jackie Schutz as communications director. Schutz is returning to the governor's press shop after working on media relations in the campaign.