Gov. Rick Scott has nominated Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin to serve as the interim executive director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Sutphin has served as the chief of staff and legislative affairs director for the Department of Military Affairs since 1999. He served in the Florida National Guard as U.S. Army Officer and a Field Artillery Office for more than 30 years. While he was a guardsman, Sutphin served as the Desoto County Development Director.
“Glenn has done a great job at the Department of Military Affairs advocating for all of Florida’s National Guardsmen for almost 20 years,” said Scott in a statement. “He served alongside the brave men and women of our state in the Florida National Guard and has dedicated his career to not only making sure all Floridians are safe, but also making Florida the most veteran friendly state in the nation.”
Scott also said that he is confident Sutphin “will provide great leadership while continuing to advocate for all of Florida’s veterans.”
The appointment is subject to the approval of the Florida Cabinet. According to the governor’s office, the Cabinet will meet on April 26 to vote on the appointment.
If appointed, Sutphin would fill the vacancy created when Mike Prendergast resigned. Prendergast is running for Citrus County Sheriff.