After a year and a half as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, Mike Dew is saying goodbye.
His last day will be next Monday, he said in an email sent late Wednesday.
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to be part of the group of talented, professional and innovative individuals who come together every day to make this agency One DOT,” Dew wrote.
POLITICO Florida reported Wednesday night that Dew is joining the transition team of Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, but “transition officials did not immediately return requests for comment.”
Erik Fenniman, the department’s General Counsel, has been appointed Interim Secretary, Dew added.
“Erik has always put the good of the agency first, and his years of experience and leadership will ensure that FDOT continues to move forward as we transition into a new administration,” Dew said.
Gov. Rick Scott named Dew, then the department’s chief of staff, as Secretary last June.
Dew, who put in for the top spot the morning of the deadline to apply, was Scott’s external affairs director in 2011-12.
He soon bested the other finalists: Florida Transportation Commissioner Ron Howse, now on DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy, and former FDOT assistant secretary Richard Biter.
The open position was created when former Secretary Jim Boxold resigned in January to join Tallahassee’s Capital City Consulting firm.
Dew also worked on John McCain‘s 2008 presidential campaign and President George W. Bush‘s 2004 re-election.