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Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff, general counsel to resign



It's official: Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff Melissa Sellers is leaving the administration.

Tim Cerio, Scott's general counsel is stepping down, too, according to a release from the governor's office. Both resignations are effective April 1.

Sellers became chief of staff in December 2014 after running Scott's re-election campaign and serving as communications director during part of his first term. We reported on her long-rumored resignation on Wednesday.

"She has been an invaluable member of my team since the fall of 2012 and Ann and I look forward to watching her triumph in her next endeavor," Scott said in a statement.

Cerio joined the administration from law firm GrayRobinson in January 2015. He was also Scott's chief negotiator in writing the Seminole Compact. As that deal needs to be re-negotiated, the governor will need to ensure someone on his team is ready to handle that contentious issue as well.

No word yet on replacements, although it's rumored that his legislative affairs director, Kim McDougal, will become his fifth chief of staff.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 2:00pm]


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