Kathy Mears heading to Crist's office
UPDATE: Mears will earn $120,000 and Eagle $70,000.
Kathy Mears, the well-respected voice of the Senate President's Office, is taking a job with Gov. Charlie Crist. She will become deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs director, replacing Towson Fraser, who is going into the private sector. (Fraser told the Buzz he is not ready to announce his plans.)
Mears, 38, has worked in state government since 1996, beginning with House Speaker Daniel Webster. She has a BA in political science from FSU and is working toward a master's in public administration. Jaryn Emhoff, aide to outgoing Sen. Webster, will take over at least temporarily for Mears.
Crist also announced today that Dane Eagle will have a broader role, becoming executive deputy chief of staff. Eagle, who has been a travel aide, will work with the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. The 25-year-old Eagle went to the University of Florida and his father, Greg, is a major Crist backer.