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Jimmy Patronis starts committee for possible CFO run

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Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s new chief financial officer, said Wednesday he is starting a political committee but hasn’t decided if he will run for the Cabinet office next year.

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Personnel note: Ryan West named CFO’s chief of staff

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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday announced in a press release he had named Ryan West his new Chief of Staff, effective later this month, taking over for the retiring Robert “Budd” Kneip.  “Ryan has been a trusted member of my team since day one, and there is no one better suited to serve as my second in command,” Patronis said in a statement. “His instincts and experience have afforded him the tools to do the job, and I have full…

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CFO’s office largely loses fight to get info from insurance companies

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A Tallahassee judge sided with life insurance companies Monday, restricting preliminary information-gathering by the state in defense of a new law requiring insurers to track down beneficiaries. The outside lawyer for the Department of Financial Services, which advocated for the measure, said he plans to appeal the decision that allows only limited discovery.

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Rick Scott names Tom Grady to constitutional review panel

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Former state Rep. Tom Grady will take Jimmy Patronis‘ place on the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday evening. In picking Grady, a Naples attorney and a friend of Scott’s, the governor passed over the three alternates he previously selected to fill an empty seat on the commission, which will review the state’s governing document for possible changes.

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Outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater reports $2.5M net worth

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has reported a $2.5 million net worth for 2016, as part of his annual financial disclosure statement. Atwater, a former banker whose last day in office is Friday, filed his disclosure with the Florida Commission of Ethics earlier this week. He’s leaving to become chief financial officer for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. New CFO Jimmy Patronis was sworn in Friday. The disclosure shows that his worth has gone up from his 2013 filing as…

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Jimmy Patronis is sworn in as Chief Financial Officer

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Former state Rep. and Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Patronis was sworn in Friday morning as the state’s fourth Chief Financial Officer. Patronis took the oath of office in the Governor’s office, given by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, and standing next to wife Katie and sons Theo and Johnny. “Thank you for allowing me to partake in this incredible honor,” the Panama City Republican told them. “I look forward to keeping up the same standards and values that CFO (Jeff) Atwater…

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It’s official: Jimmy Patronis appointed as next CFO

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Gov. Rick Scott made it official Monday, formally announcing former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis will serve as the state’s next Chief Financial Officer. The announcement, which occurred at Patronis’ family restaurant in Panama City, puts an end to months of speculation about who would replace outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater, who is leaving June 30 for a job at Florida Atlantic University. Patronis, an early supporter of Scott’s, was long believed to be a top contender for the post. “The biggest…

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