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Scott Administration Replacing Experienced State Employees with Inexperienced Scott Loyalists

Administration held positions open for Scott political appointees

As Rick Scott’s time in office is winding down, his administration is strategically ousting qualified, experienced state employees and replacing them with Scott staffers and loyalists who have little or no relevant experience, according to a new Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times report.

Some capable, experienced administrators were ousted for Scott cronies. With other posts, administrators were told to hold positions open and then to take resumes from Scott appointees—not looking for more qualified employees.

Some of these cronies are making thousands more than their more experienced predecessors—with salaries of up to $117,000. They are working in the revenue department with no experience in tax policy. One post is required to be filled by a lawyer—but the Scott ally in the position doesn’t have a law degree.

Scott has a long history of pushing out qualified and experienced state employees in favor of his cronies, including in positions responsible for protecting Florida’s environment. And just last year he placed his grossly unqualified former travel aide in charge of the Department Of Emergency Management, which has struggled to deliver hurricane relief to Florida communities.

Florida Democratic Party spokesman Sebastian Kitchen: “Rick Scott is more worried about looking out for cronies than the people of Florida—putting political appointees in high-paying important positions where they have no experience. Taxpayers deserve qualified employees in positions that pay $117,000—not Scott allies who want a cushy landing spot when he is out of office. Floridians deserve better than his self-serving politics.”

Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times: Need a stable and high-paying state job? Rick Scott loyalists have the inside track

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