DeSantis Re-Ups Two Scott Hires
Cynthia Kelly and Melinda Miguel
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is retaining Gov. Rick Scott’s budget chief and rehiring a chief inspector general who served under both Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.
The transition team for the incoming administration of DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced Friday that Cynthia Kelly will remain as the director of Office of Policy and Budget and Melinda Miguel will return as the state’s chief inspector general.
The appointments aren’t unexpected, even though DeSantis while on the campaign trail repeatedly pledged to “drain the swamp” in Tallahassee, echoing a refrain espoused by President Donald Trump. Trump’s endorsement of DeSantis helped boost the former congressman to victories in the primary and in last month’s general election match-up against Democrat Andrew Gillum.
Nuñez, a former House leader, said in an interview Thursday that some of Scott’s appointees could remain on the job after the DeSantis administration takes over on Jan. 8.
“I do believe we are in the process of interviewing all current agency heads that have not expressed that they are leaving, or have definitively moved on,” Nuñez said. “We’re speaking to all the current agency heads.”
Kelly, who is paid $146,000 a year, has