Personnel note: Michelle Dahnke named Deputy CFO of Department of Financial Services

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater named Michelle Dahnke as Deputy CFO of the Florida Department of Financial Services.

Dahnke, formerly a Deputy Communications Director for the Executive Office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, will be in charge communications strategy and community outreach.

“Michelle brings our department more than a decade of strategic communications and policy experience on a variety of issues important to the well-being of Florida families,” Atwater said in a statement Monday. “I’m confident her expertise will advance our efforts to make our government more transparent and our entire state more consumer and business-friendly.”

From 2011 to 2014, Dahnke was the Director of Communications and Multimedia for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. She also served as Interim Communications Director for the Florida Department of Health, worked in the Executive Office of Gov. Jeb Bush as a Gubernatorial Fellow and as a Public Information Officer for the Department of Financial Services under Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher.

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