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Scott creates public liaison job, hires tea party supporter

9

August

As part of the summer re-shuffling inside the governor's office (background here, here, here, here, here and here) Gov. Rick Scott has a created a new title: public liaison director.

Michael Dew was installed in the new $90-000-a-year job earlier this summer. He reports to Karen Giorno, Scott's head of external affairs.

Dew will have two deputies: Greg Williams, a former aide to ex-U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, will be stationed in the north and Robin Stublen will report from the southern half of the state.

Stublen's hiring — he'll earn $70,000 per year — has raised some eyebrows.

Stublen is the founder of the Punta Gorda Tea Party and was one of the few activists to support Scott in the Republican primary for governor. Professionally, Stublen is owner of Charlotte Pest Services Inc.

Scott said he didn't hire Stublen because of tea party party connections.

"I hired him because he's good," Scott said. "Don't worry, I'll hold him accountable."

Stublen and Williams will double as "special assistants," which are existing jobs in the governor's office. Other special assistants scattered across the state include Russ Abrams (who careful readers will remember from the Villages budget veto cermony), Adam Giery, Roger Roscoe, Sheela Venero and Jose Bermudez.

"Although the titles may have changed and some duties were reassigned, these are not 'created positions' that were added above and beyond normal EOG payroll," Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said in an e-mail. "These jobs simply reflect a realignment of duties from or within the External Affairs and Constituent Services departments, both of which pre-date Governor Scott."

More from Burgess:

Each Deputy Director of Public Liaison is responsible for a variety of tasks and duties with a primary focus on activities located outside of the Capitol.  These individuals report directly to the Director of Public Liaison, and will be housed in the External Affairs Office.  The Deputy Directors will have the following responsibilities:

• Supervise, manage and oversee the activities of the Special Assistants to the Governor (SA's) within their assigned region.

•  In addition to supervising the SA’s in their region, each Deputy Director will have their own assigned portfolio of counties for which they are directly responsible (serving as the Special Assistant for that area).

•  Assist in the staffing and execution of the of the Governor's agenda and public events in their assigned region, and working with constituents and community leaders.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 3:18pm]

    

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