Two State Agency Chiefs To Keep Jobs After All

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Two state agency chiefs appear likely to keep their jobs even after a nationwide search for other candidates.

The top spots at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Environmental Protection came open this spring because the Florida Senate refused to confirm appointees chosen by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott and the three elected members of the Cabinet voted to hold a formal search for the jobs because they were criticized over how FDLE Commissioner Richard Swearingen was initially picked. But after reviewing applicants they voted in June to interview only Swearingen.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, however, said she wanted to interview other applicants for the DEP post held by Jon Steverson.

A spokesman for Bondi’s office said Thursday she had changed her mind. Whitney Ray said that Bondi had done an “extensive review” of people who applied for the job and decided against interviewing other candidates.