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Scott rounds out executive office

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 by Dara Kam

“Outsider” Gov. Rick Scott hired several of his campaign staffers, one of his primary opponent’s campaign honchos and hung on to a few of his predecessor’s worker bees to serve in the executive office inner sanctum.

One surprise: Spencer Geissinger, a former advance man for both Presidents Bush and led Scott’s campaign advance team with military-like precision, is now Scott’s external affairs director, earning $148,000 annually, according to documents provided by Scott’s office. Geissinger owns Strategic Events Group, a Washington, D.C.-based events planning business.

Campaign aide Dean Petrone is the governor’s personal assistant at a salary of $50,000 per year.

Scott, a multimillionaire who spent at least $70 million of his own money on his campaign, is forgoing the $138,000-a-year governor’s salary and will be paid just one cent.

Here’s the executive office line-up and salaries so far:
- Special policy advisor: Mary Ann “Mac” Carter, Scott’s long-time policy advisor, $150,000.
- Chief of staff: Mike Prendergast, $150,000.
- General counsel: Erik Figlio, who served in the same role under Gov. Charlie Crist, $130,000.
- Office of Policy and Budget director: Jerry McDaniel, who also served in the same role under Crist, $150,000.
- Legislative affairs director: Jon Costello, who served as a policy advisor on Scott’s campaign, $110,000.
- Special counsel: Hayden Dempsey, $140,000.
- Deputy chief of staff: Jenn Peter Ungru, a Republican Party operative, $100,000.
- Deputy chief of staff: Carrie O’Rourke, who was Scott’s GOP primary opponent Bill McCollum‘s campaign finance director, $100,000.
- Executive deputy chief of staff: Fritz Brogan, who served on Scott’s transition team, $80,000.
- Director of executive staff: Diane Moulton, keeping the same job she had for Crist, $95,000.
- Director of open government: Carolyn Timmann, who was Crist’s executive deputy chief of staff, $90,000.

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