Rick Scott won't be sworn in as governor for another two weeks, but his team is already making waves in Tallahassee. Under fire for mismanagement, the state surgeon general is being forced out. And she may not be the last government official Scott decides to sack.
Governor-elect Scott campaigned on a pledge to shake up the way Tallahassee works, and if new plans unveiled by his transition team are any indication he's about to do exactly that.
“If you think about the way businesses grow, you control the size of your corporate office,” Scott said.
The former health care executive has asked advisors to find ways to get rid of people and programs that no longer work.
Tuesday, State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte-ros resigned after the Scott team told her she wouldn't have a job under the new governor. The resignation comes on the heels of a transition review that criticizes Viamonte-ros' department of health as doing a 'mediocre job'.
The review recommends consolidating DOH and another health care agency, essentially reducing the size of the Tallahassee bureaucracy.
There are also calls to fold a handful of environmental and growth agencies into one department, and there's talk about more resignations to come.
By most accounts, not since Jeb Bush has state government seen such an aggressive transition by a new governor. The secretary of Florida's Growth Management Agency was one of the first high-level state officials to voluntarily submit his resignation.
Tom Pelham says he wouldn't work even a single day under Governor-elect Scott, who he says wants to do away with restrictions on urban development.
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