Legislative Affairs Director Jon Costello Departs Governor’s Staff, to be Appointed to Northwest Florida Water Management District

Governor Rick Scott today announced the resignation of Jon Costello from the Office of the Governor. A copy of Costello’s letter of resignation is available here. His resignation is effective September 7, 2012.

Costello has served as Legislative Affairs Director since Governor Scott’s inauguration. As Legislative Director, Costello was responsible for moving the Governor’s agenda through the legislature, managing legislative affairs across Governor’s agencies and assisting in policy development. During his two sessions as Legislative Affairs Director, Costello was largely responsible for driving a number of Governor Scott’s major policy initiatives; including the creation of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Reemployment Assistance reform, workforce board accountability measures, regulation reduction legislation and tax relief.

“Jon has been a trusted advisor and an invaluable member of my team going back to my days campaigning to become Governor. Like me, Jon believes Florida must focus on creating jobs, improving education and keeping Florida’s cost of living affordable. As my Legislative Affairs Director he has been extremely effective at articulating my priorities and getting reforms passed that accomplish these goals,” said Governor Scott. “Jon has been a loyal member of my team and will be missed.”

“To say that serving in the Scott administration has been an honor would be a vast understatement, it has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime. There are very few people who ever have the opportunity to work for such an accomplished, integrity driven man as he changes his focus from business to public service. Working for Governor Scott from the early days of the campaign to develop his vision for Florida’s future and later being charged to shepherd those policy changes through the legislature has truly been the highlight of my career.”

The Governor has asked Costello to continue to serve Floridians as a board member of the Northwest Florida Water Management District. “I look forward to this new challenge and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue my service to the Governor and the people of Florida,” Jon said.

Jon Costello’s letter of resignation

 

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