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Rick Scott appoints Jeffrey Bragg as the Secretary of Elder Affairs

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Jeffrey Bragg has been tapped to head up Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs. Bragg will replace Sam Verghese, the current Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs, according to Gov. Rick Scott’s Office. Verghese, the Governor’s Office announced Wednesday, is stepping down to pursue options in the private sector. Verghese’s last day is Sept. 23. That’s the same day Bragg will take over the helm of the agency. “He has over 40 years of experience in the public and private…

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Short on time, Senate committee asks Dep’t of Elder Affairs Secretary nominee to come back next week

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Time ran short on Thursday before the Senate Children and Families Committee could weigh in on whether to approve Samuel P. Verghese as the Secretary of the State Department of Elder Affairs. Verghese, a New Jersey transplant, began his testimony by telling the committee that serving as secretary is about “serving others.” “Plain and simple, it’s about public service. It’s about serving others,” Verghese said. “It’s about about serving a purpose that’s so much greater than myself: the elders of…

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