Kottkamp's chief of staff, Larry Ringers, is moving on
Larry Ringers, who has been Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's chief of staff since the Crist-Kottkamp team took office 2 1/2 years ago, is leaving. Ringers has submitted his resignation and will be the new chief of staff to Director Electra Bustle at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Ringers will replace Nelson Munn, who is returning full time to his post as the agency's chief information officer.
Ringers, 46, is an attorney who handled some law enforcement-related litigation before joining the administration, where his duties include overseeing DHSMV, a Cabinet agency. His departure comes as Kottkamp is poised to announce his candidacy for attorney general in 2010, and it means Kottkamp now needs a new right hand with 18 months left in his term as Gov. Charlie Crist's No. 2.