Florida lieutenant governor's resignation costs jobs, conserves funds

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March 28, 2013

By Maresa Strano


TALLAHASSEE, Florida: On March 12, 2013, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll tendered her letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott, in which she wrote "Effective immediately, I hereby resign the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida. It has been an honor to have served the State of Florida in this capacity."[1]

Roughly two weeks after Carroll stepped down amid scandal,[2] the Tampa Bay Times reported that Gov. Scott has closed the doors to the office of the state Lieutenant Governor, a financially motivated[3] decision which leaves four chief staffers - Carroll's former chief of staff, an executive assistant, scheduler, and manager of a satellite office - out of a job. According to a spokeswoman for Gov. Scott, the office's closure is temporary, pending the end of the current legislative session. The session is scheduled to end May 3, at which time Scott will begin the search for a new lieutenant governor. As governor, Scott is statutorily authorized to appoint a replacement to serve in Carroll's stead until her term's Jan. 2015 expiration date.[4]

This year's budget for the Lieutenant Governor's office was set at $510,000. The money saved during the intervening months before Scott appoints someone to fill the vacancy left by Carroll's untimely departure is expected to provide some relief to the fiscally strained state.[5][3]

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