Scott reappoints FDLE, DEP chief, subject to Cabinet's OK
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday reappointed two state agency heads on an interim basis, subject to ratification by the Cabinet at Tuesday's meeting. Scott reappointed FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen and Jon Steverson, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Neither agency head was confirmed by the Senate in the regular session that adjourned on Friday.
In his statement announcing the interim reappointments, Scott noted that the newlyt-adopted Cabinet governance guidelines allow for him to name interim appointees subject to Cabinet approval at the next regular Cabinet meeting or at an emergency meeting. By coincidence, Scott and the Cabinet meet Tuesday. Ironically, the governance guidelines Scott cited were inspired by the controversy over the forced retirement of Swearingen's predecessor, who was ousted from his job at FDLE in December.