No clear path yet for new highway safety chief
State Highway Safety Chief Electra Bustle, who oversees the Florida Highway Patrol, has just delayed her planned Sept. 15 resignation by two weeks -- a signal of a lack of consensus among aides to the governor and Cabinet over who should take her place.
Bustle had hoped to finalize her departure at next Tuesday's Cabinet meeting. But in a memo e-mailed to the agency's more than 4,000 employees this weekend, she notes that the search for her replacement has begun, and writes: "I have been asked to remain as executive director until the search process is finalized. Therefore, I have moved my resignation date to Sept. 29, 2009. Have a great weekend!"
As of Friday, Gov. Charlie Crist's office had one application on file for the job: It's from Bustle's chief of staff, attorney Larry Ringers, who used to be Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's chief of staff. And Crist's chief of staff, Eric Eikenberg, has received a letter endorsing Ringers from Mike Kirby, chairman of the Florida Association of State Troopers (FAST). Kirby calls Ringers readily accessible, professional and an "excellent problem solver."