Rick Scott chief of staff is Mike Prendergast
Mike Prendergast, an Apollo Beach Republican who lost in November to Democratic U.S. House Rep. Kathy Castor, will be chief of staff to incoming Gov. Rick Scott.
"I’m both honored and excited to be asked by Gov.–elect Scott to help execute his agenda and help create jobs," Prendergast said in a statement. "There is no higher priority than getting Florida back to work and I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and doing just that on behalf of the governor and all Floridians.”
Here's the release from the Scott team:
Mike Prendergast (Colonel, USA, retired), with outstanding credentials as a leader and a distinguished record of selfless service to our nation as an American soldier, will join Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s team in Tallahassee as the Governor’s chief of staff. Mike is a native of Tampa and a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1978 and attended the Military Police School at Fort McClellan, Ala., where he was the honor graduate. In 1982, he attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he also graduated as an honor graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Military Police.
Mike served in a variety of important leadership positions as a Military Police Officer, Foreign Area Officer and Legislative Liaison Officer over the course of his 31 year Army career. His tours of duty include assignments in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, Kansas, The Pentagon, Maryland, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and a Congressional Fellowship in the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC. His overseas assignments include Zaire, Cameroon, Cuba, South Korea, the Middle East, and Europe. Additionally, Mike has deployed multiple times on combat operations to Iraq and Afghanistan, peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, humanitarian operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Cameroon, and Zaire, and he has traveled extensively throughout the world as he served in the most demanding military assignments of the past three decades. Mike culminated his service to the nation with a tour at MacDill Air Force Base where he served on the staff of Central Command until his retirement on October 1, 2009.
Mike’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree with Special Honors and a dual major in Political Science and Sociology from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Arts degree ith a major in International Relations and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Florida, a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Public Management from Troy University, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Mike is a decorated Soldier, and his personal awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legion of Merit medals, the Bronze Star Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, six Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and multiple additional awards, badges, and citations presented for service and achievement. Mike is a 2009 inductee into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA, and he is also a recipient of the Military Police Corps’ Order of the Marechaussee award in Silver for having had a significant impact on the Army’s Military Police Corps.
Mike and his wife, Naomi, returned to Florida in 2008 in preparation for his transition from active duty and in anticipation of him serving the community and state where his leadership skills can do the most good. The Prendergasts have two grown children and four grandchildren.