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Gov. Rick Scott reacts Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 during the Cabinet meeting at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Phil Sears)

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As U.S. Senate race looms, a slew of personnel moves in Gov. Scott’s office

There are staff changes galore in Gov. Rick Scott‘s office as he positions talent in advance of an expected April 9 announcement of his U.S. Senate campaign.

Director of Appointments Collin Lomagistro is leaving effective today (Friday) to join the soon-to-be-announced campaign.

‎Environmental Policy Coordinator Julia Espy is becoming a Deputy Chief of Staff over transportation, housing and environment.

Mary Beth Vickers, Policy Chief for Health and Human Services, will oversee all health and human services related areas.

Chief Deputy General Counsel Jack Heekin is becoming another Deputy Chief of Staff over emergency management and law enforcement.

Deputy Chief of Staff Megan Fay is leaving ScottWorld altogether to join Capital City Consulting.

All this comes after an announcement earlier this week that Brad Piepenbrink was replacing Jackie Schutz Zeckman as Chief of Staff.

She was said to be”pursuing other opportunities,” meaning also joining the campaign staff.

Here’s a first look at the updated organizational chart:

Executive Office of the Governor – Organizational Chart by Peter Schorsch on Scribd

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