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RPOF keeps Richard Swarttz as CFO, names Nancy Watkins compliance officer

Richard Swarttz will continue in his role as chief financial officer of the Republican Party of Florida, Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said Friday.

In a statement, Ingoglia also identified Nancy Watkins and her firm, Robert Watkins & Co. as outside compliance accounting consultants for the party.

“I am pleased to announce that Richard will continue to serve our party in this role and that Nancy and her firm will be serving the party as our outside compliance accounting consultants,” Ingoglia said. “We are continuing to work diligently to put an infrastructure in place at the RPOF that will deliver us victories in 2016.”

A Philadelphia native, Swarttz moved to Tallahassee in 1998. He is an experienced certified public accountant, notary public and an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Swarttz also acts as a tax instructor for H&R Block.

Initially hired as RPOF comptroller in July 2003, the RPOF promoted Swarttz to CFO in March 2008.

Watkins is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years experience of providing accounting services to a diverse range of businesses and political organizations. As one of the country’s leading experts in the field, Watkins’ specialty is campaign-finance law compliance and federal tax law for tax-exempt organizations, political organizations.

Watkins has been with the Tampa accounting firm Robert Watkins & Co. since 1980.

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