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The new boss at Highway Safety



The governor and Cabinet on Tuesday appointed Electra Theodorides-Bustle to head the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She will be the first woman to run the agency that oversees driver licensing and the Florida Highway Patrol.

"She has the skills and the profesionalism needed to serve the people of the state of Florida," Gov. Charlie Crist said.

Bustle, 40, replaces Fred Dickinson, who resigned recently after 15 years at the helm of the agency. She is currently an assistant commissioner at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), where she was an unsuccessful candidate for that agency's top post in the recent transition.

She also formerly worked in the general counsel's office at the highway safety agency and earlier spent six years at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, rising to the rank of major. Bustle also has a law degree from FSU.

(Full name: Electra Theodorides Bustle. Said Crist, in pronouncing it to a capacity crowd in the Cabinet room: "It's a fellow Greek. I hope I got that right.") 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:32pm]


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