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Electra Bustle: Destination Unknown



Electra Theodorides Bustle is approaching the end of her ride as executive director of the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Bustle's last day in charge of the big Cabinet-level agency is next Tuesday, Sept. 15. Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet are expected to name an interim replacement (likely from inside the agency's ranks) at that day's Cabinet meeting.

Electra Bustle will shift to a job in the private sector, but she has declined to discuss the specifics until her resignation takes effect. The new job likely will be in the state capital, where Bustle's husband, Dennis, oversees the Capitol Police. The move to fill the HSMV post permanently will be worth watching closely. With Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink both running for governor, finding a person to oversee the Florida Highway Patrol and the massive driver licensing and registration apparatus could get very political.

Read Bustle's letter of resignation here. The agency has about 4,500 employees and a budget of $393-million.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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