CFO Jeff Atwater is saying farewell.
In an open letter to Floridians on Tuesday, Atwater recounted his achievements as the state’s chief financial officer and thanked Florida residents for their confidence over the years.
“From Pensacola to Key West, and all stops in between, I have had the unique privilege of meeting your families, hearing your stories and answering your calls. You have graciously welcomed me into your homes, invited me to share meals and memories,” he wrote in his letter. “Your words and life stories have been edifying to me and helped shape my time in public life. As I approach the end of our shared journey, the impact, influence and inspiration you have provided cannot be overstated.”
Atwater announced in February that he would be be leaving his post at the end of the 2017 Session to become the vice president for strategic initiatives and chief financial officer at Florida Atlantic University. Since then there have been several touching tributes, including a roast from Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Days.
Atwater was also honored during the Cabinet meeting earlier this month.
“I am proud of what I have fought for, accomplished and achieved. None of that could have been done without the dedicated team that has worked alongside me each day,” said Atwater. “They, and every Florida voter who has ever checked my name on a ballot, have put their faith, their finances, and their futures in my hands, and through that process I have become a better man.”