Scott names ex-GEO Group official to Prepaid board
An end-of-the-week appointment by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Prepaid College Board ordinarily would not draw much notice. But in the frenzied atmosphere surrounding prison privatization in Tallahassee, this one will generate a lot of talk in the Capitol.
Scott on Friday chose John O'Rourke, 61, of West Palm Beach, who served for nearly two decades as senior vice president and chief financial officer of The GEO Group, the huge private prison operator that's seeking to operate more than two dozen prisons and work camps in South Florida. The governor's office released a photograph of Scott and O'Rourke.
O'Rourke retired from GEO in 2009 and formed his own company, J.G. O'Rourke & Associates. A former U.S. Air Force officer, O'Rourke will succeed Anthony Krayer for a term that ends in June 2014.