In the Departure Lounge: Renee Dabb, Michael Garner, Mike Harrell

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Summertime often sees a flurry of personnel moves in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.

First up is Renee Dabbs, who emails: “As some of you may know, I am no longer with the Victory Group.  I have joined the Voyageur Company, a national political firm.”

Michael Garner will step down next month as president and CEO of the Florida Association of Health Plans, the trade association announced Friday. Garner, who has headed the industry group for five years, will become vice president of government relations with Amerigroup Florida, Inc., which is expanding its government relations team.

“Michael has been a valuable asset to the Florida Association of Health Plans during his tenure as president and CEO,” said Christopher Ciano, the group’s chairman.  “Michael has been a tireless advocate of good health care policy and has been dedicated to furthering the association’s mission to better the health of Floridians…” 

FAHP said it formed a search committee to find a new president and CEO. 

Lobbyist Mike Harrell is no longer with Foley & Lardner. I’ve been told he’s landed at Pennington, PA

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post

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