Scott puts developer in charge of growth managementby Dara Kam | January 5th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed St. Joe Co. executive Billy Buzzett as secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, the agency that oversees growth management.
Buzzett is a lawyer, developer and engineer who helped smooth the way for St. Joe’s massive expansion in the Panhandle.
Buzzett served on Scott’s transition team, which recommended doing away with the agency, something Scott has said he would consider.
Buzzett’s role would be to “better align Department of Community Affairs functions with other functions across state government,” Scott said in a press release.
Scott also reinstated former Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who quit after Gov. Charlie Crist jumped the GOP and became an independent.
And Scott said former Washington DC public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, who served on his transition team, would remain as his education advisor. He and Rhee will visit a charter school in Opalocka Thursday morning.