Scott points to 'breadth of knowledge' in Patronis pick

Gov. Rick Scott to Name Jimmy Patronis Florida CFO

Florida Gov. will travel state to tout new appointment

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to name Jimmy Patronis to replace Jeff Atwater as Florida's Chief Financial Officer.

"He's got a breadth of knowledge about a lot of things", Scott said during an appearance at Patronis' family-owned Capt. Anderson's Restaurant in Panama City.

Patronis is a former state representative and now a member of the Florida Public Service Commission.

Patronis, a Republican from Panama City, was an early political supporter of Scott in 2010, when the governor was a largely unknown multi-millionaire from Naples who was challenging Republican establishment favorite Bill McCollum in a GOP primary.

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

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.

Patronis said that he was honored to be selected for the position and was excited to be involved in Florida's continued growth.

"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", Patronis said. The other Cabinet posts are attorney general and agriculture commissioner. "I want every family in Florida to have the same opportunities that my family had".

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.

This is one of the most high-profile appointments Scott has had since he first took office in 2011.

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.

Atwater will step down from the position on Friday and Patronis will be sworn in the same day. Jeremy Ring, a former state legislator and executive at Yahoo, is the only Democrat to file as of this posting.

Florida's chief financial officer is elected statewide and is a member of the state Cabinet that oversees several key agencies.

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