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Deveron Gibbons worked his way up - and home again

Devgibbons  ST. PETERSBURG — Deveron Gibbons was living in Los Angeles in 1996 watching his hometown and old neighborhood burning on national TV amid racial unrest. Before long, Florida's secretary of labor and former education commissioner was on the phone.

"Hey, Bubba, you need to come home," Doug Jamerson said, using the nickname for his 22-year-old nephew. "Dave Fischer's in trouble because of these riots, and he needs your help. There are people on the ground you need to be talking to."

Gibbons took leave from his Los Angeles County government job for the role he's seized much of his life: political fixer pulling levers from the lowest to the highest levels.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:51am]


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