Personnel note: Vito Sheeley will serve as Charlie Crist’s district director

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Chalk this up as good news about a great person.

Congressman-elect Charlie Crist on Monday announced the first personnel decision for his new U.S. House of Representatives staff. Crist was elected in November to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district.

Vito Sheeley will serve as district director, overseeing constituent services throughout the 13th District.

Sheeley served as outreach director on the staff of Congresswoman Kathy Castor, as well as outreach director on the Crist for Congress campaign. A native of St. Petersburg, Sheeley attended Lakewood High School and St. Petersburg College, and has worked in various roles for then-State Rep. Rick Kriseman, County Commissioner Ken Welch, and Alex Sink.

“Vito is an outstanding person and a hometown guy, and I’m excited to have him help us serve the people of Pinellas County,” said Crist. “Vito was born and raised in this community, and will be ready on Day 1 to help our constituents access services, solve problems, and enjoy America’s most beautiful district.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to help continue the tradition of outstanding constituent service that Pinellas County deserves,” said Sheeley. “From navigating Social Security and Medicare issues, to helping our veterans, to assisting with service academy nominations and Capitol tours, we will stand ready to serve.”

Additional personnel hires will be announced in the coming weeks.

Crist will be sworn in Jan. 3, 2017.