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More candidates emerge for OFR post

Twenty more applications have come in from candidates seeking to replace former top financial regulator Drew Breakspear, after Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet deferred selection of a replacement last month.

Scott and the Cabinet agreed June 27 to name Pam Epting, the deputy commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation, as interim commissioner. They also agreed to continued accepting applications for commissioner, a job that has paid $135,158 a year. The latest deadline to apply was Sunday. Epting has not applied for the job.

Breakspear announced his resignation as commissioner this spring under pressure from state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. A more-permanent replacement is now expected to be named at the Aug. 14 Cabinet meeting.

Scott and the Cabinet interviewed five applicants — from 38 who initially applied — at the June meeting. Those interviewed were state Rep. Jay Fant, a Jacksonville Republican; banking lobbyist Scott Jenkins, who most recently was with Wells Fargo in Tallahassee; Linda Charity, a former official with the Office of Financial Regulation who twice served as the interim commissioner; William Jannace, a Bayside, N.Y., resident who has held positions at the American and New York stock exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which is a private, self-regulatory organization; and Kevin Rosen, a partner with Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach.

None of those interviewed was publicly dropped from consideration.

Among the recent applicants was Steve Petty, a former chief economist for Florida TaxWatch. Also applying recently was Monica Rutkowski, who is a principal with Mer/Risk & Regulatory Compliance Solutions in Tallahassee. She served as director of life and health product review for the Office of Insurance Regulation from 2005 to 2008 and before that was a legislative liaison for the Florida Department of Health.

Not all of the recent applicants may understand the position, which oversees a regulatory agency that employs about 360 people. One applicant from Tallahassee noted a high-school education and professional experience of a job at Steak ‘n Shake.

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