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Incoming Senate prez Don Gaetz snags Rev chief Lisa Vickers, House spokeswoman Katie Betta

Friday, May 18th, 2012 by Dara Kam

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.

Florida Department of Revenue exec director Lisa Vickers leaving

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Dara Kam

Florida Department of Revenue executive director Lisa Vickers resigned from her post today, effective July 1.

Vickers has been on the job since 2007, when she was appointed by former Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet. The revenue department collects and distributes child support payments, collects and administers state taxes – including sales tax – and oversees property taxes. A copy of her resignation letter was not immediately available.

Last year, Vickers’s agency collected more than $32 billion in state taxes and processed more than $1.5 billion in child support payments.

Vickers, who answers to Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, submitted her resignation in the wake of a shake-up in Scott’s inner circle. The governor’s chief of staff Steve MacNamara resigned over the weekend after media reports questioned his awarding of no-bid contracts to close associates while he worked for Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island. Former associates also accused him of being an overly controlling presence in the governor’s office. MacNamara had intended to leave in the fall.

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