Scott’s lobbyist to leaveby John Kennedy | August 16th, 2012
Gov. Rick Scott’s top lobbyist, Jon Costello, will be leaving the administration next month, the governor’s office announced Thursday.
Costello has been legislative affairs director for Scott since he took office in January 2011. He’s among the few holdovers remaining from opening day. Scott plans to appoint Costello as a board member of the Northwest Florida Water Managment District when he leaves the administration on Sept. 7.
”Jon has been a trusted advisor and an invaluable member of my team going back to my days campaigning to become governor,” Scott said. “Like me, Jon believes Florida must focus on creating jobs, improving education and keeping Florida’s cost of living affordable.”
Scott added, “Jon has been a loyal member of my team and will be missed.”
For his part, Costello said he enjoyed steering Scott’s policy plans through the Legislature.
”There are very few people who ever have the opportunity to work for such an accomplished, integrity driven man as he changes his focus from business to public service,” Costello said. “Working for Gov. Scott from the early days of the campaign to develop his vision for Florida’s future and later being charged to shepherd those policy changes through the legislature has truly been the highlight of my career.”