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Jennifer Tschetter leaves Health Department for Hopping Green

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Jennifer Tschetter, an attorney who was most recently Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Department of Health, is joining Tallahassee’s Hopping Green & Sams law firm to specialize in “health care law matters,” the firm announced in a press release.

Tschetter leaves the department after state Surgeon General John Armstrong was forced out of his job. The Florida Senate declined to confirm him two years in a row, making him the first state agency head in 20 years to be shown the door.

Tschetter will be “of counsel” at the firm, meaning she will work on a case-to-case basis and not as an associate or partner.

She brings a trove of government experience, having first spent two years as appellate and rules counsel for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

She then joined the Department of Health, where she was General Counsel before becoming Chief of Staff and finally Chief Operating Officer.

During her tenure, Tschetter oversaw a contentious process to develop new rules governing the apportionment of trauma centers and presided over the beginning of the rollout of the state’s medical marijuana delivery system.

At Hopping Green, “Jennifer will continue her concentration on health care law matters including negotiations with regulatory agencies, licensing, government procurement, rulemaking, litigation, and legislative advocacy,” the press release said.

Tschetter received a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University and her law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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