TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has replaced his transition director, despite several holes that remain in his administration.
Scott said Thursday that Enu Mainigi was "pretty much finished" with her official duties. But he would not say the transition is complete.
"I don't know if it's ever done," Scott said. "It seems like it's every day."
Mainigi will remain an adviser to Scott but will focus on her corporate law practice at the Williams & Connolly firm in Washington, D.C.
"The baton has to be passed on to folks in the administration," Mainigi said.
Mainigi did not take a salary as head of Scott's transition and remained a partner in the law firm. She has advised Scott and worked as his lawyer since his days running the Columbia/HCA hospital chain.
Elaine Jordan, director of personnel and appointments in Scott's office, will take on the responsibility of hiring for the remaining positions. Scott has vacancies at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Transportation and other places.
Jordan's position is a new one in the Governor's Office. Mainigi said creating the job was a priority for Scott, who has sought to hire fellow business executives in his administration. Jordan most recently served as managing director of Fiderion, a management-consulting firm specializing in executive search and advisory services.
But Scott has had a hard time finding other political outsiders. Top state jobs pay significantly less than jobs of equal responsibility in the private sector. And Tallahassee's remote location and poor air travel service have been other disadvantages.
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