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The agency head Gov. Scott sought to remove earlier this year announces his resignation



The head of the Florida Department of Revenue, whom Gov. Rick Scott announced almost a year ago he was aiming to replace, has announced he’s leaving his position for a job in Washington D.C.

Marshall Stranburg, executive director at the Department or Revenue, said in a letter to Scott and the other three independently elected members of the Florida Cabinet that he is resigning effective April 1, 2016 after what will have been almost 4 years leading the agency. The head of the Department of Revenue reports to Scott and the rest of the cabinet, which also will be charged with selecting Stranburg’s replacement.

Stranburg is leaving to become deputy executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission in Washington, D.C., the News Service of Florida reported on Tuesday.

Stranburg was one of three agency heads that Scott said 11 months ago he wanted to replace after he led a controversial effort to remove Gerald Bailey, the long-time commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That resulted in a dustup with other members of the Cabinet who questioned how Scott handled Bailey’s removal and how it was conveyed to them.

Besides Stranburg, Scott said then he also wanted to replace two other Cabinet-level agencies leaders Drew Breakspear at the Office of Financial Regulation and Kevin McCarty, the head of Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation since 2003. Both Breakspear and McCarty still hold those positions.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 2:46pm]


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