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Transportation board settles on three for next FDOT head

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The list of names to be the next secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation is down to three. The Florida Transportation Commission, the department’s advisory board, interviewed five applicants Thursday and is set to recommend three to Gov. Rick Scott. They are Richard Biter, a former assistant secretary of the transportation department; Phillip Gainer, FDOT’s District Secretary for northwest Florida; and Florida Transportation Commissioner Ron Howse. The panel will officially vote to recommend those candidates next week. More than 120 people had applied for the…

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Mike Dew is a shoo-in for Transportation Dep’t top job

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Mike Dew, the Florida Department of Transportation‘s chief of staff, is expected to be the department’s next Secretary. Sources told FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday that Dew got a phone call from the Governor’s Office this week telling him the job was his. Dew, who put in for the top spot the morning of this Monday’s deadline to apply, was Gov. Rick Scott‘s external affairs director in 2011-12. The Florida Transportation Commission, the department’s advisory board, met Thursday to schedule interviews of applicants on May 11. The finalists are…

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Mike Dew now vying for top spot at Dep’t of Transportation

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Mike Dew, the Florida Department of Transportation‘s chief of staff, now has applied to be Secretary of the department, according to a list of applicants released Monday. As of Monday’s deadline, 125 people had applied for the open position, created when former Secretary Jim Boxold resigned in January to join Tallahassee’s Capital City Consulting firm. Dew applied Monday morning. Richard Biter, one of two unsuccessful finalists for the top job at Enterprise Florida and a former assistant secretary of the transportation department, also…

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Richard Biter among dozens applying for state transportation secretary

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Richard Biter, one of two unsuccessful finalists for the top job at Enterprise Florida, now has thrown in his hat to be the state’s next Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation. Biter is one of more than 80 applicants for the open position, created when former Secretary Jim Boxold resigned in January to join Tallahassee’s Capital City Consulting firm. It would be a homecoming for Biter: He’s a former assistant secretary of the department. But he may not be…

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Personnel note: Brad Swanson named president of FCTA

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Brad Swanson has been tapped to lead the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association. Derek Cooper, chair of the association’s Board of Directors, announced Thursday Swanson has accepted the position of FCTA president. “On behalf of FCTA, I am excited that we have someone of Brad’s caliber to lead the association,” said Cooper. “We welcome Brad and look forward to the dynamic energy and varied skill sets he brings to the post.” Swanson fills a vacancy created by the departure of longtime…

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Gov. Scott announces 31 regulatory board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 31 appointments to a variety of state regulatory boards. Commission on Ethics Scott started with three appointments and one reappointment to the Commission on Ethics, a nine-member board that serves as a guardian for standards of conduct for officials and employees of the state of Florida. Dr. Daniel Brady, 68, of Miami Shores, is the executive director of Douglas Gardens CMHC and an adjunct professor at Florida International University. Brady received his associate’s degree…

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In St. Pete, FDOT gets an ‘A’ from oversight commission

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The Florida Department of Transportation has met or exceeded 16 of 17 benchmarks set by the Florida Transportation Commission for fiscal year 2014-2015. The FTC’s Performance and Production Review found that FDOT was successful in the number of contracts that were executed compared to the number that were just planned. The state transportation agency also maintained the required number of lane miles on the State Highway System with a pavement condition of either excellent or good. The review also found…

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