Ag commish-elect Putnam administration set to goby Dara Kam | December 21st, 2010
Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner-elect Adam Putnam has his new team ready to go with less than two weeks until he takes office on Jan. 4.
Putnam has hired Sterling Ivey, who’s been Gov. Charlie Crist’s spokesman since Crist took office, as his press secretary. Ivey also served as spokesman for the Department of State under Gov. Jeb Bush.
Putnam’s tapped more than a dozen long-serving government workers such as his chief of staff Mike Joyner, who spent more than 25 years working for the state including a stint as chief of staff at the Department of Environmental Protection.
And Putnam’s hanging on to several of current Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson’s employees, many of whom have worked in the department for years.
See who’s on Putnam’s administrative team after the jump.
Mike Joyner, Assistant Commissioner/Chief of Staff: Joyner has more than 25 years experience building partnerships between the private and public sectors to advance common-sense business, natural resource and environmental policies. He joins the Department from the private sector after having previously served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Environmental Protection and stints at the Florida Farm Bureau and Florida Forestry Association.
Marion Aller, Acting Deputy Commissioner: Aller joined the Department in 1986. She has previously served as Director of Food Safety and held several technical positions in the Bureau of Pesticides, rising to Chief in 1992.
Jay Levenstein, Deputy Commissioner: Levenstein joined the Department in November 1993. Prior to his role as Deputy Commissioner under Commissioner Bronson, he served as the Department’s State-Federal Relations Director, Legislative Affairs Director, Chief of the Bureau of Animal Disease Control and Senior Attorney.
Shannon Shepp, Acting Deputy Commissioner: Shepp joined the Department in 2001 as assistant division director and has served as the Fruit and Vegetables Division Director since 2004. Prior to the Department, her career included public affairs management in the citrus and home building industries and service as a legislative assistant in the Florida Legislature.
Jim Boxold, Director of Cabinet Affairs: Boxold joined the Department in 2003 and served as Commissioner Bronson’s Chief Cabinet Aide. Prior to joining the Department, he served as a Cabinet Aide to Governor Jeb Bush and worked as Legislative Director for Congressman Porter Goss.
Cheryl Flood, Director of External Affairs: Flood joins the Department after having served as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Adam Putnam. She previously worked in the Department as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director under Commissioner Bronson.
Matt Joyner, Director of Federal Affairs: Joyner comes to the Department from the private sector in the financial services arena after having previously served as Chief of Staff and District Director to Congressman Adam Putnam.
Grace Lovett, Director of Legislative Affairs: Lovett comes to the Department from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where she served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs. She has also previously worked for the Florida Public Service Commission, The Rubin Group and Florida Credit Unions.
Lorena Holley, General Counsel: Holley joins the Department after having served as the Senior Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel Division of Economic Regulation and Division of Appeals, Rules and Mediation at the Florida Public Service Commission since January. Prior to this role, she served the PSC as Chief Advisor to the Commissioner.
Ronald Russo, Inspector General: Russo has more than 20 years of law enforcement leadership experience. He most recently served as the Florida Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, where he supervised all statewide internal personnel misconduct cases, as well as criminal investigations and internal and external audits.
Sherman Wilhelm, Director of Policy and Budget: Wilhelm joined the Department in 1986 as Staff Counsel to the Commissioner, a position he held for 13 years. In 1999, he was promoted to Director of the Division of Aquaculture and has been serving the Department in this capacity since.
Sterling Ivey, Press Secretary: Ivey joins the Department after having served as the Governor’s Press Secretary since 2008. His previous experience includes Communications Director for the Department of State, Assistant Superintendent of Communications for the Pinellas County School Board, Public Affairs Director for the Department of Corrections and the Polk County Sheriff’s office.
Mike Gresham, Director, Division of Administration: Gresham joined the Department as Director of Administration in January. Prior to working for DACS, he served as Director of Administration at the Department of Insurance and Support Services for the Department of Revenue.
Andy Rackley, Director, Division of Agriculture Environmental Services: Rackley was appointed Director of the Division of Agriculture Environmental Services in 2008 after more than 30 years in private business.
Jerry Bryan, Director, Division of Agriculture Law Enforcement: Bryan joined the Department in 1994 and served in three other capacities within the Office of Agriculture Law Enforcement before being promoted to Director.
Rich Budell, Director, Division of Agriculture Water Policy: Budell joined the Department in 1985 and served as Assistant Director of the Office of Water Policy, Assistant Director of the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services and Chief of the Bureau of Pesticides before being promoted to his current position.
Dr. Thomas Holt, Director, Division of Animal Industry: Holt joined the Department as the State Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal Industry in 2004 after retiring from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Leslie Palmer-Boxold, Director, Division of Aquaculture: Palmer-Boxold has served the Department since 2002 as the Director of Federal and State Relations, having previously served at the Department of Environmental Protection.
Tom Steckler, Acting Director, Division of Consumer Services: Steckler joined the Department in 1997 and most recently served as Assistant Director of Standards and Assistant Director of Consumer Services.
John Miller, Director, Division of Dairy Industry: Miller has been with the Department since 1990, previously serving as Chief of Dairy Laboratories, certified as a Milk Laboratory Evaluation Officer, and Chief of Dairy Inspection within the Division.
Lee Cornman, Acting Director, Division of Food Safety: Cornman joined the Department in 2005 and has almost 40 years of experience in food safety and operations.
Jim Karels, Director, Division of Forestry: Karels has been the Director for the Division of Forestry since 2008. In this position, he oversees all wildland fire and management.
Ellen Prince, Acting Director, Division of Fruits and Vegetables: Prince joined the Department in 2003 after having worked for the Processed Products Branch of USDA for 35 years.
Connie Crawford, Director, Division of Licensing: Crawford joined the Division of Licensing in 1985 and was appointed Director in 2008.
Nelson Mongiovi, Director, Division of Marketing and Development: Mongiovi joined the Department in 1987 from Gannett Broadcasting. Throughout his career he has garnered three Emmy Awards, a National Gabriel, and more than two dozen Associated Press and United Press International awards.
Dr. Wayne Dixon, Acting Director, Division of Plant Industry: Dixon joined the Department in 1980 and has served as Assistant Director and Bureau Chief of Entomology, Nematology and Plan Pathology for the Division of Plant Industry before his current position.
Izzy Rommes, Director, Division of Standards: Rommes joined the Department in 1993 and has previously served as the Chief of the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection and Assistant Director of Standards.