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Gov. Scott cuts Charlie Crist's barber from board



Troupcharlie Remember Carl Troup?

The St. Petersburg resident is the decades-long barber to former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist rewarded Troup in 2007 with an appointment to the state Barbers' Board, which meets a few times a year to regulate the profession. Troup's term expired in October, so Crist reappointed him to the seven-member panel in October before leaving office.

But Gov. Rick Scott in February withdrew the applications of dozens of unconfirmed Crist appointees, including Troup. Scott has made several reappointments to various boards over recent days.

Troup isn't one of them.

He got a call last week from two members of the reappointment board who asked him what parts of Florida barbering law he would like to see better enforced. He said he would like to see a crackdown on licensing, as shops are less frequently inspected than in recent years.

He didn't hear anything back until Thursday, when the board's executive director told him he would not be reappointed. Scott's decision means Troup will lose his spot on the National Association of Barber Boards of America, where he was in line to become president.

"You got to be a member of the state board to be a member of the national board," he told the Times/Herald.

Troup says he's not upset. He thinks he did a good job for both boards. He says there's never been a Florida member of the national group in the history of the Barbers' Board.

"But apparently our hot-wheelin' governor did not see that as a benefit to the state of Florida," he said.

Scott reappointed Andrew J. Raines, 36, of Pensacola, and Thomas E. Vaughn, 61, of Panama City Beach, to the board on Tuesday, as well as 16 other reappointments to Department of Business and Professional Regulation boards.

Photo: Times file photo from Crist's inauguration day.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:32pm]


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