Gov. Rick Scott answered CFO Jeff Atwater's call to review the recent appointment of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner -- and he then went a step further by saying he wants "new leadership at the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Office of Financial Regulation and the Department of Revenue so we can get fresh ideas into those Cabinet positions at the start of a second term."
Here's the text of Scott's letter:
Thank you for your letter and support of FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. As you indicate in your letter, I believe there is always room for improvement in any system and I look forward to any ideas you would like to share for an improved process in the next Cabinet meeting.
As you know, I believe that government needs to be more like business and frequently change leadership to bring in new ideas and fresh energy. There are no lifetime appointments in executive government – just as there are no guaranteed lifetime jobs in the private sector outside of government.
In that vein, I am hopeful that we can have a discussion at the upcoming Cabinet meeting about how to begin a search for new leadership at the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Office of Financial Regulation and the Department of Revenue so we can get fresh ideas into those Cabinet positions at the start of a second term. Your input on these financial areas will be important.
As you suggest, there can also be a cabinet search commenced for other FDLE candidates; however, I would not support any change to Commissioner Rick Swearingen’s current position during this time in order to avoid unnecessary turmoil within an organization of great men and women working hard every day to keep Florida safe.