Gov. Rick Scott reappointed three agency heads to their posts today, and they'll get another shot at Senate confirmation next year. If that doesn't happen, Surgeon General John Armstrong, Corrections Secretary Michael Crews and Department of Economy Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio will be out of a job.
Although the Senate confirmed dozens of Scott appointees during the session, there were many others who were passed over. Many were for specific reasons, such as Armstrong, who rubbed senators the wrong way, and members of the board overseeing the controversial Florida Polytechnic University. In other instances, the Senate said it simply ran out of time.
In total, the governor reappointed 42 people to their positions, including dozens of board and commission members. He has 45 days after session to reappoint anyone who failed to receive Senate confirmation, though if it happens two years in a row that person must leave the position.
"I am honored to continue serving Governor Scott and this reappointment is a reflection on the great work of the dedicated staff at DEO," Panuccio said via email. "Florida's economy is thriving and I look forward to driving the Governor’s pro-growth economic policies forward."
Here is Scott's statement on the three agency heads: