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Governor, Cabinet will consider report on suspended OFR head Ronald Rubin

CFO Jimmy Patronis is pushing to fire Ronald Rubin.

An inspector general report into sexual-harassment allegations against suspended top financial regulator Ronald Rubin has been placed on the agenda for next week’s meeting of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet.

The agenda posted online Thursday did not provide details of the expected discussion during the July 25 meeting.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is pushing to fire Rubin, who was hired in February as commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation.

Rubin was hired by DeSantis and the Cabinet, which is made up of Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

When asked for comment on the inspector-general report, Moody spokeswoman Lauren Schenone said, “Attorney General Moody called for an emergency Cabinet meeting months ago to discuss this matter.”

Representatives of Fried and DeSantis had not replied to requests for comment.

An executive summary of the report was released late Wednesday and said Rubin, who had been on the job for 57 days before being suspended by Patronis on May 10, violated department policy prohibiting misconduct.

Rubin, meanwhile, has fired back and accused Patronis of wrongdoing. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been asked to investigate Patronis’ public release of a redacted version of the confidential sexual-harassment complaint lodged against Rubin.

In other matters, the Governor and Cabinet also will consider spending just over $11 million of Florida Forever conservation funds to acquire more than 900 acres in three parts of the state.

The pieces of land targeted for conservation are 717 acres within the Wakulla Springs Protection Zone in Wakulla County, 129 acres in Charlotte County and the 57-acre Fish Island in St. Johns County.

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