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Citing 'media focus,' Gov. Scott's jobs czar resigns

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December

For the third time in less than a year, Gov. Rick Scott will be seeking a new chief of the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Scott's $140,000-a-year jobs czar, Hunting Deutsch, abruptly resigned his post Tuesday in the midst of the governor's four-day trade mission in Bogota, Colombia.

The governor's office confirmed Deutsch's resignation.

In a two-page letter of resignation dated Dec. 4 and submitted to the governor, Deutsch wrote: "I find the current media focus on my personal matters a distraction to the Agency and your administration and believe it best for me to leave. I trust this will be sufficient transition time to develop a succession plan."  

Deutsch, a former banking executive, drew controversy recently following revelations, first reported by The Florida Current news site, that he had collected state unemployment benefits between 2009 and 2011. He was hired in June to replace Doug Darling, who resigned in April. During the interim, DEO was run by the state's former top workforce executive, Cynthia Lorenzo.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:44am]

    

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