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Before 'resigning,' prison chief bought Florida home

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Weeks before he "resigned" as Florida's corrections secretary, Ed Buss plunked down $310,000 for a 2,700 square foot home in Northeast Tallahassee's Killearn section, and his wife and children joined him from Indiana a couple of weeks ago.

Still, the governor's office maintains that Buss resigned voluntarily Wednesday. "Ed decided to resign. I wish him well," Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Thursday in the Capitol.

Buss, by the way, is officially a non-entity at Department of Corrections headquarters in downtown Tallahasseebussmissing2.jpg. Within hours of him quitting Wednesday afternoon, his official portrait was removed, leaving those of Gov. Rick Scott, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Buss' No. 2, Dan Ronay. 

Leon County property records show Edwin and Dawn Buss bought the seven-year-old home in Tallahassee's Pheasant Ridge subdivision in May. Would someone voluntarily quit a $145,000 job after buying a nice big house? In this economy? 

Whether he resigned or not, Buss did submit a short and sweet letter of resignation to Scott Wednesday, the same day Scott appointed FDLE Deputy Secretary Ken Tucker as the state's new prisons chief.  The letter is below.

[Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 11:06pm]

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