Jon Steverson named DEP secretary; assumes office at month’s end

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Gov. Rick Scott Thursday tapped Jon Steverson, executive director of the Northwest Florida Management District, to be the secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Steverson is the second agency director named in two days for Scott’s second administration.

“Jon has dedicated his career to serving Floridians through the protection of our state’s water and natural resources and he is committed to our goal of protecting Florida’s natural  treasures so future generations and millions of tourists can enjoy our state’s beauty,” Scott said in a prepared statement announcing Steverson’s appointment.

Steverson oversaw a restructuring of the Northwest Florida Management District as its executive director. Scott praised Steverson’s work to protect the watershed for the Apalachicola River and Bay and to preserve the region’s extensive network of springs.

Steverson previously worked for DEP 2011-2012 as special counsel and acting deputy secretary for water policy. He will become DEP secretary effective Dec. 29.

Steverson’s appointment comes as Scott shapes his second administration, which begins with an inaugural Jan. 6. This week, Scott has named secretaries for the Department of Children & Families and Department of Corrections.  He also has to find a new secretary of Transportation.

“Jon Steverson is a good public servant who can provide solid leadership for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,” said Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper in a statement. “He brings intelligence and integrity to an important job. Audubon Florida looks forward to the opportunity to work with him in the future.”