Florida jobs czar now has one of state’s high turnover ratesby 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.”