Incoming Senate prez Don Gaetz snags Rev chief Lisa Vickers, House spokeswoman Katie Bettaby Dara Kam | May 18th, 2012
Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is ramping up his staff in preparation for taking the gavel after the November elections.
Gaetz has hired Department of Revenue executive director Lisa Vickers, who worked for the agency for more than two decades, as a chief policy advisor focusing on governmental operations. Her salary will be $135,000 a year, Gaetz’s chief of staff Chris Clark said this morning. Clark will remain in the same post after Gaetz takes over as president.
Vickers, whose current annual salary as the agency chief is $120,000, submitted her resignation – effective July 1 – yesterday to Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.
And, in what is sure to be good news for Capitol reporters: Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon‘s spokeswoman Katie Betta will move across the rotunda to take the same role in Gaetz’s administration. Betta’s resume also includes a stint as spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida.