Governor Ron DeSantis Readies His Leadership Team

When Ron DeSantis is sworn in as Florida’s 46th governor on inauguration day, his team of leaders overseeing top agency positions that directly report to him will nearly all be in place. Governor DeSantis has both recommended political veterans, and has reached across the political aisle in selecting his top leadership recruits. The following list provides details on the DeSantis leadership team. Please note that all agencies are not listed as some do not have an appointed secretary yet

Agency Appointment Appointing Authority Reports To Senate confirmation required?
Agency for Healthcare Administration (Secretary) Mary Mayhew Governor Governor YES
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (Director) Barbara Palmer Governor Governor YES
Agency for State Technology (Executive Director) Governor Governor YES
CareerSource Florida (President, Executive Director and Secretary) CareerSource Board of Directors Governor NO
Department of Business & Professional Regulation (Secretary) Halsey Beshears Governor Governor YES
Department of Children & Families (Secretary) Chad Poppell Governor Governor YES
Department of Citrus (Executive Director) Florida Citrus Commissioners (who are appointed by Governor) Florida Citrus Commission NO
Department of Corrections (Secretary) Mark Inch Governor Governor YES
Department of Economic Opportunity (Executive Director) Ken Lawson Governor Governor YES
Department of Education (Commissioner) Richard Corcoran State Board of Education State Board of Education NO
Department of Elderly Affairs (Secretary) Richard Prudom Governor Governor YES
Department of Environmental Protection (Secretary) Governor with concurrence of 3 Cabinet members Governor YES
Department of Health (State Surgeon General) Governor Governor YES
Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Governor & Cabinet Governor & Cabinet NO
Department of Juvenile Justice (Secretary) Simone Marstiller Governor Governor NO
Department of Law Enforcement (Executive Director) Governor with approval of 3 Cabinet members Governor and Cabinet YES
Department of Lottery (Secretary) Jim Poppell Governor Governor YES
Department of Management Services (Secretary) Governor Governor YES
Department of Military Affairs (Adjutant General) Governor Governor YES
Department of Revenue (Executive Director) Jim Zingale Governor & Cabinet Governor & Cabinet NO
Department of State (Secretary) Michael Ertel Governor Governor YES
Department of Transportation (Secretary) Governor based on three persons nominated by the Florida Transportation Commission Governor YES
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Executive Director) Danny Burgess Governor with approval of 3 Cabinet members Governor and Cabinet YES
Division of Emergency Management (Director) Jared Moskowitz Governor Governor NO
Enterprise Florida     (President & CEO/Secretary of Commerce) Jamal Sowell EFI Board of Directors Governor NO
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (Executive Director) Fish & Wildlife Commissioners (who are appointed by Governor) Fish & Wildlife Commission YES
Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Executive Director) Executive Director of DEO with advice and consent of the corporation’s board Department of Economic Opportunity NO
VISIT FLORIDA (President & CEO) Dana Young VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors Enterprise Florida NO
Volunteer Florida (Executive Director) Governor Florida Commission on Community Service (Volunteer Florida) NO