TALLAHASSEE — An official with Gov. Rick Scott's administration who had been given three years to repay the state more than $21,000 is no longer on the job.
Dean Kowalchyk, general counsel for the Department of Elder Affairs, resigned earlier this week. His resignation came less than a week after the Associated Press reported that he was paid for unused vacation late last year when it appeared the Scott administration planned to replace him.
But Kowalchyk never left his job, and it wasn't until July that he started repaying the state. He made his first payment just days before he received a $6,500 raise that brought his annual salary to $98,500.