Gov. Rick Scott's appointee to a newly created post has a questionable record
Nearly a month ago, Gov. Rick Scott gave an unadvertised $78,000 job to Carl Littlefield, a career bureaucrat who quit his latest job 17 days after he was appointed rather than face questions about his handling of a controversial group home.
The revelation of Littlefield's new job has become a nuisance for Scott, who has demanded the elimination of 1,849 full-time jobs at the same state agency.
The governor maintains he is only trying to bridge gaping holes such as the estimated $174 million deficit at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
"That agency has not lived within its budget, as far as I can tell," Scott said. "I don't know when it ever did. And so everybody just kicked the can and never really held them accountable and looked at how they could spend that money better."
That description could easily apply to Littlefield, 62. More than a decade ago, Littlefield had an opportunity to balance the historically out-of-whack budget for the developmentally disabled and didn't.