Rick Scott Appoints Jimmy Patronis as Chief Financial Officer

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Governor Rick Scott came to Panama City Beach Monday morning to officially appoint and swear in Jimmy Patronis, Jr.as Florida's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Patronis helped his family operate a successful restaurant in Panama City for years before making a bid for the Florida House of Representatives in 2006.

A Florida State University graduate, Patronis will be sworn in Friday to the $128,972-a-year job, joining Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on the Cabinet. He was first elected to the post in 2010.

"He brings lots of experience, not only in the state and in the public sector, but the private sector", Griffitts said.

Patronis said was honored the governor selected him for the post, and said he has spent his life trying to give back to his community. "As Florida's next CFO, I want Florida to be the place where government does its job fairly and predictably so workers can find great jobs at great businesses".

In a rare opportunity, Scott has the chance to appoint someone to the four-member Cabinet who will nearly assuredly vote in lockstep with him moving forward. Last year, Scott and Atwater also clashed in their joint appointment of a new insurance commissioner.

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Several names have been floated with the chief financial officer position since Atwater announced he was leaving.

Atwater, a former banker who had been president of the Florida Senate prior to his election as chief financial officer, usually worked in tandem with Scott.

A big question is whether Patronis will be able to run for the job in 2018 with no other Republican opposition. The position serves as the state's treasurer and oversees various agencies that serve to regulate insurance and financial industries in Florida.

No Republicans had formally announced their intentions to run for the seat, but former state Sen.

In March, Patronis was among a number of political loyalists the governor appointed to the state Constitution Revision Commission. But the two clashed past year over who should become the state's insurance commissioner.

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