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Scott names ninth agency head; 16 more to go

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday hired a fellow former health care executive, Jack Miles, to run the Florida department that oversees workers' benefits and the management and purchasing of state property.

Scott has now hired nine agency heads. But he has yet to pick bosses for 16 other departments following a two-month transition and nearly three weeks in office.

Scott says he's not worried about the pace, that it's more important to hire the right people.

Miles, 58, of Winter Park takes control of the Department of Management Services, which Scott has criticized for its purchasing practices. Lawmakers have also blasted the agency for its role in the "Taj Mahal," an opulent $48.8 million courthouse in the capital.

Miles was most recently a senior director for Cigna, a Philadelphia-based health management and insurance company. He was credited with cutting $80 million in costs for the company in just 20 months.

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed nine agency heads so far, with 16 left. Names in bold are Scott hires; others are holdovers from Gov. Charlie Crist.

AgencyDirectorSalaryMission
Agency for Healthcare AdministrationElizabeth Dudek$139,538 Manages $20.3 billion Medicaid program
Agency for Persons With DisabilitiesJim DeBeaugrine$120,000 Serves developmentally disabled people
Agency for Workforce InnovationCynthia Lorenzo$120,000 Distributes unemployment benefits
Department of Business & Professional RegulationCharlie Liem$120,000 Regulates professions and businesses
Department of Children & FamiliesDavid Wilkins$140,000 Protects vulnerable children and seniors
Department of Community AffairsBilly Buzzett$140,000 Manages growth, affordable housing programs
Department of CorrectionsEdwin BussN/A**Runs nation's third-largest prison system
Department of EducationEric Smith$275,000 Oversees learning for K-12, college students
Department of Elder AffairsCharles Corley$120,000 Coordinates programs for elderly residents
Department of Environmental Protection*Herschel VinyardN/A**Protects land, water, plants and animals.
Department of HealthDr. Shairi Turner,

Kimberly Berfield
$149,391 $120,000Promotes public health, oversees county clinics
Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles*Julie Jones$128,000 Licenses drivers, runs Florida Highway Patrol
Department of Juvenile JusticeWansley WaltersN/A**Houses, supervises juvenile delinquents
Department of LotteryDennis Harmon$96,948 Operates Lotto, scratch-off ticket games
Department of Management ServicesJack MilesN/A**Manages state property and workers' benefits
Department of Military AffairsEmmett Titshaw$157,251 Supports Florida National Guard units
Department of Revenue*Lisa Vickers$120,000 Collects taxes; enforces child support laws
Department of StateKurt Browning$140,000 Oversees elections and cultural affairs programs
Department of TransportationStephanie Kopelousos$120,000 Builds and repairs highways, roads and bridges
Department of Veteran Affairs*Bob Milligan$120,000 Helps veterans, runs five veterans' nursing homes
Division of Emergency ManagementBrian Koon$140,000 Responds to natural and man-made disasters
Fish & Wildlife Conservation CommissionNick Wiley$129,430 Manages fish and wildlife resources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement*Gerald Bailey$128,752 Investigates crimes and public corruption
Office of Insurance Regulation*Kevin McCarty$133,158 Regulates private property insurance industry
State Board of Administration*Ash Williams$325,000 Manages state pension fund, other investments

*Reports to governor and Cabinet, so must be confirmed by Cabinet. Herschel Vinyard was confirmed by the Cabinet on Wednesday

**N/A: Scott's office did not provide salary information.

Compiled by Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau staff writers Michael C. Bender, Steve Bousquet, Katie Sanders and Marc Caputo

Scott names ninth agency head; 16 more to go 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:08pm]

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