In post-Sellers era, Scott's new chief of staff makes change
When Kim McDougal replaced Melissa Sellers as Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff, speculation in the Capitol centered on how long it would take McDougal to put her stamp on the plaza level operation.
McDougal, who in March became Scott's fifth chief of staff in five-plus years, has made her first major move. Gone is Frank Collins III, a top Sellers protege who has been a deputy chief of staff for the past two years. This week Collins moved to a newly-created job as a senior policy advisor to Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold.
Collins, 31, who followed Sellers from Louisiana to Tallahassee in 2012, was making $116,000 a year as a deputy chief of staff, a post he has held since 2014. His new salary was not immediately available. His duties in the governor's office are expected to be shared by other staffers including legislative affairs director Kevin Reilly.
The governor's office did not announce the staff change, but Scott gave the Times/Herald a glowing sendoff for Collins.
"Frank has been an incredible member of my team since 2012 and has played a big role in helping to make Florida the best state in the nation for families," he said in a statement. "I'm glad he will continue to support Florida families at DOT."
Boxold has a chief of staff, a legislative affairs director and three assistant secretaries. The state legislators who oversee DOT's budget, and whose constituents spend countless hours stuck in Florida's worsening traffic, may wonder why he needs a senior advisor, too.