Personnel note: Carrie O’Rourke named Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations

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Thank you, LinkedIn, you helped answer a question Florida political observers have had for the last two months, namely where did Carrie O’Rourke land after leaving the Governor’s Office.

Turns out, O’Rourke is now the Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations. In addition to O’Rourke’s LinkedIn profile, the State University System organizational chart also shows O’Rourke’s new position.

O’Rourke most recently served as Director of External Affairs, a behind-the-scenes job that is vital to Scott’s public image explains Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times. She oversaw events at the Governor’s Mansion, along with gubernatorial appointments, correspondence, proclamations and scheduling. Prior to taking that assignment under chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth, she served as one of Scott’s deputy chiefs of staff. She also was finance director for Scott’s 2011 inaugural celebration.

O’Rourke’s successor in the Gov’s office is Brad Piepenbrink.


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