Workforce Florida’s Chris Hart reverses course, will stick with jobs agency

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Florida’s jobs czar has decided to stay at his job.

On Wednesday, Dwayne Ingram, chairman of Workforce Florida, announced Chris Hart will continue as chief executive of Workforce Florida.

“Chris’ strong leadership since 2007 has resulted in many improvements and accomplishments for our system,” said Ingram in a statement. “As Florida’s economy continues to rebound, it’s imperative that we have leadership continuity to maintain the current momentum toward achieving our 2013 goals and successfully completing several major initiatives underway.”

Ingram explained that he efforts of a presidential search committee, which was in the early stages of its work, is on hold as Hart has agreed to remain with the agency through December 2014.

Hart had previously announced his intent to step down June 30 from his position at the agency tasked with helping train Florida’s workforce to respond to the needs of business. At the time of that announcement Hart planned to return to the private sector after the 2013 legislative session and the organization’s budget approval meeting in May.

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