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Veteran, military affairs staffer tapped to run state veterans' agency



Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin, the longtime chief of staff and top lobbyist to the Department of Military Affairs, will be the interim executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.

Sutphin, a 30-year veteran of the Florida National Guard, has been with the Department of Military Affairs since 1999.

"He served alongside the brave men and women of our state in the Florida National Guard and has dedicated his career to not only making sure all Floridians are safe, but also making Florida the most veteran friendly state in the nation," Scott said in a release.

Mike Prendergast resigned from the Department of Veterans' Affairs in March, one of several Scott agency heads to leave in recent months.

Sutphin's appointment is subject to approval by the Cabinet, which meets April 26.

[Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 3:55pm]


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