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Atwater expresses regret over Bailey's exit



Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Thursday joined the growing chorus of those disappointed in how Gov. Rick Scott replaced Gerald Bailey, the former Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

An Atwater spokeswoman, Ashley Carr, issued a one-sentence statement Thursday afternoon.

“Our office is disappointed by the manner in which Commissioner Bailey’s separation was handled and the haste in which it occurred, but we expect that Cabinet appointments will be handled better in the future,” Carr stated.

Carr was replying to a Times/Herald request for comment on Wednesday after another member of the Florida Cabinet, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, expressed his disappointment with Bailey’s ouster.

Like Putnam and the third Cabinet member, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Atwater expressed no such concerns Tuesday when he voted in favor of replacing Bailey.

When asked Tuesday after Cabinet if he played a role in Bailey’s departure, Atwater said no. But he also showed very little curiosity about why Bailey was leaving. 

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[Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:39pm]


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