Personnel note: Kent Perez departing Attorney General’s Office

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Kent Perez, chief of staff to Attorney General Pam Bondi and a veteran of the office, Tuesday said he’s accepted an offer to become the State Board of Administration‘s deputy executive director.


Perez, who’s been with the state off and on since 1978, told he expects to start the new job by the end of the month.

He’ll report to SBA chief Ash Williams. Perez said he and Williams are still “working out” his precise job responsibilities. The agency acts as the state’s investment manager.

“I’m flattered that anybody thinks this is news,” Perez said.

He’s been described by the Tampa Bay Times as a “steady hand and political survivor,” serving under six different attorneys general. He also holds the title of general counsel to Bondi.

Perez’s name recently was floated as a possible appointed successor to Bondi amid speculations she was joining President Donald Trump‘s administration.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at