Cabinet cancellation puts brakes on state banking regulator’s fate

The funeral of a slain sheriff's deputy forced a schedule change.
Jimmy Patronis,[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Jimmy Patronis,[MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 9, 2018|Updated May 9, 2018

In the Rick Scott era, the Florida Cabinet meets less frequently than ever and discusses fewer matters of substance, and its only scheduled May meeting has been cancelled.

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The governor's office said a meeting set for May 15 has been cancelled because it conflicts with the funeral service for William Gentry, the Highlands County sheriff's deputy shot to death Sunday.

Scott's office said the next Cabinet meeting will now be June 13.

That will delay by a month a discussion of the fate of the state's chief banking regular, Drew Breakspear, director of the Office of Financial Regulation, which oversees banks and credit unions in the state.

While Breakspear twists in the wind, the May meeting agenda included an annual assessment of his job performance.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has called for a change at OFR.

In a May 3 letter to Breakspear, Patronis said: "I no longer have confidence in your ability to lead the Office of Financial Regulation."

Patronis said in the letter he was ready to propose an interim replacement at OFR. Breakspear has said nothing publicly in response and has given no indication that he plans to resign.