Scott: New Chief Financial Officer Will 'Do The Right Thing'

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He was a member of the Florida Legislature for eight years before Scott appointed him to the Public Service Commission.

By turning to Patronis, Scott tapped someone who is expected to be a strong supporter of the governor. Patronis hasn't indicated if he'll run to keep the job next year.

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"I'm going to sit down starting tomorrow, with a face-to-face orientation with CFO Atwater, making sure I'm sitting down to hear both sides of the issues pressing before the CFO's office", he said.

Patronis will serve out the remainder of Atwater's term, and could have an advantage over other Republicans if he chooses to run for a full term in 2018. Scott appointed Patronis in 2014 to the Florida Public Service Commission. "There will be plenty of time to talk about politics later", Patronis said Monday. Bay County Commissioner Griff Griffitts, who has known Patronis since the two were a year apart in elementary school, said the former legislator and his family have given back to the community, which should translate statewide. "This is a great day for the Panhandle, and it's a great day for our great state". "In the state senate, I worked diligently for 10 years to plant the seeds of an innovation economy right here in Florida, and as your next CFO, I want to bring that project to term through continued investment in innovation on every level - from our universities to the labor market".

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This is one of the most high-profile appointments Scott has had since he first took office in 2011. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, Tom Lee of Thonotosassa, Lizbeth Benacquisto of Fort Myers Jack Latvala of Clearwater, and state Rep. Joe Gruters of Sarasota.

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