TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Sutphin to Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA). Sutphin has served as the interim appointee since April.

Governor Rick Scott said, “With more than 30 years of military service as a U.S. Army Officer in the Florida National Guard and nearly 20 years of experience at the Department of Military Affairs, Lt. Col. Sutphin is extremely qualified for this position. He has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to his fellow veterans, and I am confident he will continue to honorably serve our state and the many veterans who proudly call Florida home. I look forward to continuing to work with Lt. Col. Sutphin and the FDVA as we continue toward our goal of making Florida the most veteran friendly state in the nation.”

Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin said, “I am honored to be appointed Executive Director of the FDVA by Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet today, and I appreciate the incredible opportunity to continue serving my fellow veterans across the state. Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans who have bravely fought for our families and our freedom. The FDVA will remain committed to not only honoring their courageous service, but to also providing them with the benefits and support they so rightfully deserve.”

Sutphin has served as the Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Director of the Department of Military Affairs since 1999. Prior to that, he served in the Florida National Guard as a U.S. Army Officer and Field Artillery Officer for over 30 years. He also worked as the Desoto County Development Director while serving as a guardsman. He has been awarded over 50 medals including the Legion of Merit and the Florida Cross, the highest award in Florida, for exceptional performance in outstanding service and achievement. He was also awarded the Order of Saint Barbara and the Bronze Order of Mercury for outstanding innovation in programming.

The process of making this permanent appointment was governed by the Cabinet Governance Guidelines, which are available HERE.

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