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Florida jobs czar now has one of state’s high turnover rates

by John Kennedy | December 4th, 2012

The role of Gov. Rick Scott’s jobs czar is fast becoming one of Florida’s high-turnover careers — with Hunting Deutsch’s resignation Tuesday coming less than a year since his predecessor, Doug Darling also stepped down.

Deutsch quit the Department of Economic Opportunity following reports by the Florida Current, an online news service, that he had received $275-a-week in unemployment benefits for 20 months after losing his banking job when the institution failed.

During the time Deutsch collected between September 2009 and May 2011 he traveled in Europe even though state law requires that those receiving benefits be available for work.

In resigning, effective Dec. 14, Deutsch told Scott the “current media focus on my personal matters (was) a distraction to the agency and your administration and believe it best for me to leave.” Deutsch earned $140,000-a-year in the job.

Scott has made job creation his signature issue.

But he has struggled to keep someone in the executive director’s post at DEO, which now has a turnover rate rivaling that of the hospitality industry, one of the state’s most frequent job-changing careers.  Darling left in January after feuding with then-Scott chief-of-staff Steve MacNamara.

Scott said, “Hunt did the right thing by resigning from DEO. It is important that nothing interfere with our mission to create more jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”


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7 Responses to “Florida jobs czar now has one of state’s high turnover rates”

  1. Scott, Just Another Inept Teabagger Says:

    Another example of “do as I say, not as I do” from the most corrupt Governor in Florida history! You would think that Scott would have had this guy checked out before giving him the job. Another of Scott’s jerks bites the dust. Where are all those jobs you said you would bring to Florida, you incompetent piece of excrement?

  2. Marcos Says:

    Rick Scott must go, he is ruining this state with his extremist views. 2014 anyone but Rick Scott!!

  3. Jeff D Says:

    I’ve never met a Republican who wasn’t a hypocrite.

  4. Downtown Danny Says:

    I’ll never vote Republican again – they are all crooks.

  5. CLASS WAR Says:

    Sick of it.

    Democrats and Indies, we are taking Florida back in 2014.

    Not just Rick Scott, but ANYONE who has voted for a single bill promoted by his disgusting regime.

  6. Alex Says:

    Gov. Scott, let’s review: your pick for chief of staff, MacNamara, ran off most of your dedicated, professional staff. Kurt Browning, the best Secretary of State would have made sure the elections were flawless. How did MacNamara’s selection do? And now, MacNamara’s selection for DEO resigns after defrauding state for unemployment payments! Governor, are you starting to understand the permanent damage Steve MacNamara did to your administration? Not to mention the contracts to Steve’s friends and payoffs. Enjoy your final two years in office as you reminisce about what might have been.

  7. Lady Yehenara Says:

    Can Florida afford to have Gov. Rick Scott hire another ethically-challenged public official? The answer is NO. Which is why outgoing Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti must not be another Scott hire. Lamberti is gunning for the job of state Dept. of Corrections chief, another office where he would have power and authority. What would Lamberti do as chief of the DOC? Let’s see. what he did as Broward Sheriff. He had a secret slush fund that was just uncovered last month. He is well known for his dealings with Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein and for hiring criminals like cocaine trafficker Bill Lewis on the BSO staff. Can we expect Lamberti to make illegal and unethical deals with car dealerships for state patrol cars like his deal with Maroone for BSO patrol cars? The answer is YES. Lamberti isn’t fit to be dog-catcher, let alone chief of the DOC.

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