Gov. Scott taps Frank Collins, Kim McDougal, Brad Piepenbrink for Deputy Chiefs of Staff positions

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With the combative Florida gubernatorial race behind him, Gov. Rick Scott today promoted five key first-term staff members to new roles in his Executive Office.

Former Communications Director Frank Collins will now serve as chief of staff; Policy Director Kim McDougal will become deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs director.

Brad Piepenbrink, who worked as political director for Scott’s re-election campaign, will serve as deputy chief of staff and external affairs director and Cabinet Affairs Director Karl Rasmussen becomes deputy chief of staff.

Deputy Secretary for Business Regulation Jeff Woodburn is the governor’s new policy director.

During the last four years, we accomplished a lot for Florida families, and the next four years will be no different,” Scott said in a statement. “I am proud to announce the appointments of Frank, Kim, Brad, Karl and Jeff.

“Each of them served an important role during my first term,” Scott added. “and we look forward to continuing to work to ensure that Florida is the best state in the nation to get a job and raise a family.”

Each of the new roles will be active as of December 1.

From October 2012 to January of 2014, Collins served as deputy communications director in the governor’s communications office. Prior to working in Florida, Collins, originally of Stonewall LA, served as policy coordinator for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and worked in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s press office from 2008 to 2012 in various positions, including press secretary. Collins has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Louisiana State University.

McDougal began her public service career with the state of Florida in 1989 and served in various leadership roles at the Department of Education, including governmental relations director and senior policy advisor for several commissioners of education. McDougal also served Gov. Jeb Bush and in the Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability in the Florida Legislature.

Piepenbrink formerly served as Scott’s director of external affairs, deputy chief of staff for the Department of Education, and travel-aide during his first term. He also served Senate President Andy Gardiner in the Senate Majority Office and with Senate President Pro Tempore Garrett Richter. Piepenbrink began his career working for John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008.  

Rasmussen has been with the Governor’s Office since January 2013. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, he was assistant director of state lands and the director of Cabinet affairs at the Department of Environmental Protection.

Before becoming deputy secretary for business regulation at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Woodburn served as Scott’s deputy policy director and was an attorney with the Florida House of Representatives.

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