Bankers Association attorney to head OFR
The Cabinet, at the urging of CFO Alex Sink, just selected longtime Akerman Senterfitt attorney J. Thomas Cardwell to serve as commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation, a move that will bring him from a career in the private sector to state service.
Cardwell has served as general counsel for the Florida Bankers Association for more than 20 years. He will start with OFR on Aug. 24, making $133,000 -- the same salary as the Office of Insurance Regulation commissioner.
"We are looking forward to your many years of service to Florida," Sink told Cardwell, a UF law school graduate.
Attorney General Bill McCollum chimed in: "I've known him since law school, and I can't think of a better person to do the job."