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Scott filling out inner circle with Crist holdover, axed Sink employee

by Dara Kam | January 14th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott added five more high-level workers to his staff – including one fired by his former gubernatorial opponent Alex Sink – as the new governor continues to put together an administration at the end of his second official week on the job.

Scott hired Melinda Miguel to come back to her old post as inspector general, which she also held under Gov. Charlie Crist.

And Scott tapped Doug Darling as his third deputy chief of staff (Darling will be in charge of Cabinet affairs). Then-Chief Financial Officer Sink axed Darling, who was her chief of the Division of Accounting and Auditing, for failing to discover a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars. The plan was revealed by an auditing firm. Darling, a former Marine, later went to work as chief of staff and, until now, inspector general for the Department of Environmental Protection.

Jesse Panuccio, an associate at Cooper & Kirk, and C.B Upton, general counsel for the Department of State, will join Scott’s legal team.

And Brian Hughes will go to work for Scott’s spokesman Brian Burgess. Hughes recently served as spokesman for Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s winning campaign. Hughes also served in the military and is a decorated Air Force vet, according to a press release on Scott’s Facebook page.

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3 Responses to “Scott filling out inner circle with Crist holdover, axed Sink employee”

  1. Kevin Says:

    “Then-Chief Financial Officer Sink axed Darling, who was her chief of the Division of Accounting and Auditing for failing to discover a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars”. Good job Governor, that’s what we need in our state government, someone with a proven track record of either incompetence apathy or as a potential accomplice in a scheme to defraud the tax payers. Someone willing and able to look the other way when there is money to be made for a properly connected corporation

  2. Unreal Says:

    @kevin
    Who was asleep at the wheel or to busy campaigning for election that they didn’t see the budget morass looming? The cgi maybe? What about the governor? The legislature?
    When running for election matters more than doing their jobs, that is when things fall apart.

  3. Kevin Says:

    @Unreal
    I get your point and the person at the top is ultimately responsible, but the brown stuff generally runs down hill. Take a look at Rick Scott’s Solantic Medicare fraud deposition on YouTube. He’s in the top position of his company but has absolutely no knowledge of the companies operations if you can believe what’s he’s saying. Besides, isn’t it the job of a financial auditor to audit the financials specifically for the purpose of finding irregularities, hmmmmm? Unless of course your goal is the not find irregularities.

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