[UPDATE] Scott Appoints Transition Team

By: The News Service of Florida, AP
By: The News Service of Florida, AP

[UPDATE] 11-19 6:00pm --
Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Gubernatorial Transition

“In an effort to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for Governor-elect Rick Scott’s executive and management team, I requested today letters of resignation from my senior executive staff, agency heads and their management teams, as well as all staff within the Executive Office of the Governor.

“There is no greater calling than to serve others, and I thank each of the dedicated public servants of my administration for their service to the people of Florida. The efficient transition from one leader to another is a testament to our nation’s democracy, and my administration stands ready and willing to assist as needed.”

[UPDATE] 11-18 10:40am --

Gov.-elect Rick Scott named more than 70 advisors to his transition team on Wednesday, picking a team of people to help him with health care policy and law enforcement issues.

The Scott health care team will be led by health care executive ALAN LEVINE, who previously was secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration under Gov. Jeb Bush and was credited with being, along with Bush, a top architect of the plan to reshape Medicaid. Levine also has been a top health care government official in Louisiana.

Scott chose BOB WHITE to head up his law enforcement transition team. White is the sheriff of Pasco County. White is seen by some as a strange choice for an incoming governor who plans to push for dramatic cuts to the state budget. White was directed by the Pasco County Commission to cut his own budget as sheriff – but refused and instead asked for more tax dollars, appealing the issue to Gov. Charlie Crist.

Also advising Scott on law enforcement issues will be CHRIS KNIGHT, a former director of the Florida Highway Patrol. Knight was forced to resign in 2007 when investigators found he falsified a document used to justify the firing of a female officer who later sued the state and settled for more than a half million dollars.

Scott’s emergency management team transition team has reached out to a well-respected veteran in the field, former Florida Emergency Management Director JOE MYERS, now a private consultant. The emergency management team also will include another veteran of disaster preparedness and response, DAVID PAULISON, a longtime Miami Fire-Rescue Chief who served as head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2005 to 2009.

On Medicaid reform, the Scott transition will be advised by ALBERT MAURY, president and CEO of Leon Medical Centers Health Plans, CYNTHIA SUCHER, associate vice president of community relations at the University of Central Florida, and SYBIL RICHARD, vice president of professional services for Walmart USA. Also on Scott’s medicaid advisory group is KEVIN KEARNS, who is CEO of Health Choice Networks, BRUCE GREENSTEIN, secretary of health and hospitals in Louisiana and a former executive at Microsoft, and JIM FROGUE, a vice president of the Center for Health Transformation, which says it pushes for transformational change in the health care system aimed at cutting costs. Also on the team is MANNY KADRE, CEO of GC Carribean Importers, Dr. WILLIAM DALTON, president of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, MICHAEL CANNON, director of health policy studies at the conservative CATO Institute, which has supplied a number of Scott advisors, and JAMES CAPRETTA, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, which says it was created to “reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues.” Capretta was also associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.

Scott’s health care transition team includes JASON ROSENBERG, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Gainesville who was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Board of Medicine in 2008. Also on the health care team is Dr. FERNANDO VALVERDE, CEO of Florida International University’s medical school health care network, BARBARA MACARTHUR, a nurse at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, BOB ASHBURN, former deputy secretary of the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Dr. M. NARENDRA KINI, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital and Dr. MADELYN BUTLER, president of the Florida Medical Association.

One of the members of Scott’s law enforcement transition advisory group is attorney JOE KLOCK , who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore ten years ago, representing then Secretary of State Katherine Harris.

Other members of Scott’s health care advisory team named Wednesday:
WAYNE WATTERS, Principal, Hunt-Watters, LLC
GWEN MACKENZIE, President and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System
STEVE SONENREICH, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Medical CenterMICHAEL HEEKIN, Founding Board Member & Former CFO, WebMDJOE CARUNCHO, CEO, Preferred Car Partners, Inc.
Former state Rep. JUAN ZAPATA,
Tampa developer and political activist JED KIRBY Dr. AKSHAY DESAI
CHARLES BENDER, Chairman, Place of Hope
ADAM GOLDSTEIN, CEO, Royal Caribbean International
BERTA BLECKE, Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs
C. LON SMITH, Christian Business Directory
CINDY KANE, Harris Corp.
MARGARET LYNN DUGGAR, Former Secretary, Aging & Adult Services
DEBORAH FRANKLIN, Director of Operations, Florida Living Options, Inc.
THOMAS KELLY, CEO, Village on the Isle
SAMIRA BECKWITH, President & CEO, Hope Health Care Services
TIM TURNER, Lead Delegate for the Family Cafe
Dr. JAMES MICHAEL ANDRIOLE, D.O., President/CEO of Disability Consultants USA Inc.
DENNIS SMITH, Former Director of Medicaid for US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

On Veterans issues, Scott tapped for his transition team:
JOE MARTORY, Co-founder/Director, Human American Veterans Association
ALBERT JULIACHS, US Army Veteran, Retired Miami-Dade Police Department

Scott’s law enforcement and military transition team includes, in addition to White and Knight:
Maj. Gen. DOUGLAS BURNETT (Retired), former head of the Florida National Guard
Pinellas County Sheriff JIM COATS
Judge IRENE SULLIVAN, Circuit Court Judge in the Unified Family Court; Author of Raised by the Courts
ANGELA COREY, State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court
LINDA MILLS, President, Policy Catalysts LLC; criminal justice consultant to Collins Center for Public Policy
HENREE MARTIN, Chair, Bill Glass Champions For Life Prison Ministry
ROBERT WOODY, Jail Director, Alachua County; Corrections Foundation Board of Directors
Escambia County Sheriff DAVID MORGAN
PAUL HOISINGTON, Vice President, Net Communications
MICHAEL SMITH, former of the Florida Highway Patrol,
MARCIA NARINE, Vice President, Global Compliance & Business Standards Deputy General Counsel, Ryder System, Inc.
WANSLEY WALTERS, Director, Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department
DAVID DENNIS, President/CEO, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.
TOM OLK; Founder and Executive Director, DISC Village
BERTICA CABRERA-MORRIS, Bertica Cabrera-Morris Consulting Firm
Dr. KATHLEEN KIERNAN, CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings
Police Chief JEFF HARRINGTON, New Port Richey
Admiral ROBERT NATTER, USN, (Ret.)
Besides Myers and Paulison, Scott will be advised on emergency management issues by ELLIS STANLEY, director of Western Emergency Management Services, for Dewberry Inc., who has served in several government emergency preparedness agencies, and KAREN KNAPP, president and CEO of the United Way of St. Lucie County.


[UPDATE] 11-4 3:00pm --

Rick Scott releases statement on transition team members:

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Governor-Elect Rick Scott, joined by Lt. Governor-Elect Jennifer Carroll, today, Nov. 4 named Enu Mainigi Chair, and named Mary Anne Carter Executive Director of the Transition Team.

In addition, Governor-elect Scott named 9 members to his Transition Advisory Committee that will help guide the new administration through the transition process.

Transition Advisory Committee Members:

Toni Jennings

U.S. Senator George LeMieux

Senator Bill Galvano

Mayor Maurice Ferre

Kathleen Shanahan

Senator Paula Dockery

Representative Mike Weinstein

Mayor Manny Marono

Sally Bradshaw

Governor-elect Scott also announced a new transition website set up to help recruit hardworking people committed to the goal of more jobs and less government, people who are naturally optimistic, energetic, and have integrity. You can visit the Governor-elect’s website at www.scotttransition.com.

New ideas on how to improve government service while cutting costs are also welcome and may be submitted via the website.

The transition team will be headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



Governor-elect Rick Scott won his campaign marketing himself as an outsider. But he's named to his transition team some decidedly inside names.

Scott announced a transition advisory committee Thursday, November 4 that includes former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings; former Gov. Jeb Bush's
chief of staff, Sally Bradshaw; and outgoing U.S. Sen. George
LeMieux, among other figures well-known in Tallahassee.

He's also including at least one Democrat in his transition:
former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate
and crossed the aisle to support Scott for governor.

Florida's new Republican leadership is also taking their newly elected governor at his word. They're getting to work.

Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island,
and the speaker designate, Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, said
Thursday they will take up several bills vetoed by outgoing Gov.
Charlie Crist when they return for an organizational session Nov.

The most notable include Crist's veto of a $9.7 million budget
item that would pay for treating uninsured patients at Shands
Hospital at the University of Florida and draw down federal
matching money.

Gov.-elect Rick Scott of Naples gained prominence with his array
of television ads emphasizing the slogan, "Let's Get to Work."

Scott gave his first news conference as governor-elect Thursday,
a day after sealing his razor-thin win over Democrat Alex Sink.

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  • by Barney Location: Lake Butler,Fla. on Nov 20, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    Who will be the next man in charge of Department of Corrections, and shake up every prison in the State of Fla. from Warden right on down, who's been put there by the Good Ole' Boy promotions, who played softball under Crosby still bringing in the Big Money!!! If he has the Guts to do it!! Only time will tell!! So many white shirt promotions, who played ball,used steroids,etc.
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    Dang! Looks like a bunch of ya'll fixing to leave Florida. GOOD!
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    alix sink turned all the cops against him with apromice of new cars and suv's and raises.
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Nov 19, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    "GREAT !! A CRIMINAL GOVERNOR_ELECT APPOINTS A CROOKED COP!" Folks, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Don't be surprised to see the state treasury stripped clean by kickbacks and graft.
  • by terry Location: home on Nov 19, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    has the airplane been sold yet?
  • by ALERT! on Nov 18, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    GREAT !! A CRIMINAL GOVERNOR_ELECT APPOINTS A CROOKED COP! "Also advising Scott on law enforcement issues will be CHRIS KNIGHT, a former director of the Florida Highway Patrol. Knight was forced to resign in 2007 when investigators found he falsified a document used to justify the firing of a female officer who later sued the state and settled for more than a half million dollars" (WCTV).
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    If you can start Florida on the road to economic recovery, you will see a big change is the national economic recovery, because Florida is one of the top 5 states with highest unemployment. A decrease in our unemployment number makes a big impact on the national unemployment number.
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