Which staffers are in, which are out at the Republican Party of Florida

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The departure of Republican Party of Florida Executive Director Mike Grissom headlines a series of changes the party announced Friday.

Grissom is headed to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he will serve as senior director of political affairs. “Through triumphs and challenges, Mike has been a steady leader for our party, we are sorry to see him go,” RPOF Chair Lenny Curry said in a news release announcing the moves. “The Florida Chamber has made an excellent choice, and I know he will be an invaluable asset to their mission of creating economic growth and opportunity for Florida.” T

he party doesn’t yet have a replacement for Grissom.

Brett Prater, director of party development, will leave RPOF to be staff director for Representative Steve Crisafulli, who is scheduled to take over as House speaker after the November 2014 elections. Prater will be replaced by George Riley, an RPOF staffer.

Meanwhile, the party named Matt Moon as its new communications director. Moon, senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., takes over a position that was vacated when Brian Burgess left for the private sector. Party worker Jordan Dyer will be new media director, and Will Torres of the Duval Republican Party will serve as special assistant to Curry.

The party also named its field directors for the 2014 election, including: Luke Strickland in the Panhandle, Gary Hollis in northeast Florida, Robert Iglesias in the Orlando region, Melody Selis in the Tampa region, Diana De La Rosa in the Broward and Palm Beach region, Danielle Alvarez in the Miami-Dade Region and Ehren Oates in the Southwest region.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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