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Personnel note: Tim Parson to Liberty Partners

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Tim_sm-headshot-150x150A former in-house lobbyist for Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll is leaving state government for the private sector.

Timothy “Tim” Parson will be director of government relations for Tallahassee’s Liberty Partners, headed by powerhouse lobbyist Jennifer J. Green.  

Parson, who’s been legislative affairs director at the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), lobbied the Florida Legislature on issues such as child welfare, human trafficking and public benefit fraud issues.

He most recently was executive staff director of Florida’s Drug Policy Advisory Council and director for the Children and Youth Cabinet, according to a news release.

He’s also been on legislative staff in both the Florida House of Representatives and Senate.

“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge of state agencies and the legislative process to the Liberty Partners team,” said Green, its president and owner. “Anyone who has worked with him knows him as incredibly personable and a consummate professional. Tim embodies the strong work ethic and core values of our firm.”

Parson “will be a key adviser to the firm’s clients on policy development, public affairs and legislative advocacy strategies while also complimenting the team’s collective experience with political campaigns,” the release said.

“This is a perfect fit for me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to use my state government experience to help current and future clients navigate and succeed in a complex political environment,” Parson said.

Parson is “a lifelong Floridian, raised in the Florida Panhandle,” the release said.

He was his high school’s valedictorian, then got an undergraduate economics degree and master’s in public administration from the University of West Florida.

He was recently named to The James Madison Institute Leaders Fellowship program of under-40 professionals in the state.

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 jim@floridapolitics.com.

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