Personnel note: Ed commish begins work; new turnpike head announced

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New education commissioner Gerard Robinson will make $275,000 a year and receive four and a half weeks of vacation, making him the highest-paid state worker. That salary is nearly identical to what his predecessor, Eric Smith, received for the job. As education commissioner, Robinson oversees the state’s Pre-K-12 public schools and the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. One of his primary jobs will be advocating to the Legislature the importance of funding education. Robinson’s first day was August 1. Robinson was previously the secretary of education for the state of Virginia.

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti was tapped Monday as the new executive director of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the Department of Transportation announced. The appointment was made by Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad. Gutierrez-Scaccetti previously was executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The 460-mile Turnpike system serves more than 2 million drivers a day and brings in more than $600 million a year in tolls.

Compiled from the News Service of Florida.

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