Personnel note: Hayden Dempsey out of, Jon Costello elevated in Gov. Scott’s office

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Gov. Rick Scott today announced the resignation of Hayden Dempsey from the Office of the Governor.  His resignation is effective August 12, 2011.

Dempsey served as Special Counsel to the Governor where he oversaw legislative affairs and assisted in policy development.   Dempsey was instrumental in securing passage of Governor Scott’s legislative priorities, including economic development, historic education reform, landmark Medicaid reform, and pension changes, among other legislative accomplishments.

“This legislative session,  my administration made good on the promises I made to Floridians to create jobs, build a world class education system, and reduce taxes and government spending,” said Governor Scott.  “Hayden was instrumental in helping me achieve these goals during an extraordinarily successful legislative session.”

Although he will no longer be working directly for this office, Governor Scott has asked Dempsey to continue assisting the administration by serving as his representative on the board of Enterprise Florida Inc., Florida’s official economic development organization.  “Job creation and economic development are my number one priorities, and I am pleased that Hayden has agreed to continue helping me to achieve those goals,” said Governor Scott.

“It has been an honor serving Governor Scott and the citizens of the State of Florida,” said Dempsey.  “Governor Scott’s unrelenting focus on job creation, economic development, education, and reducing government spending will continue to make Florida the leading state in the Union in which to work and live.”

Legislative Affairs Director Jon Costello will assume Dempsey’s role in implementing Governor Scott’s legislative agenda.

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