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Former interim leader seeks OFR top job

Charity joined Kevin Rosen of Boca Raton and Mike Hogan of Gainesville in applying to become the state’s top financial regulator.

Linda Charity, a two-time former interim commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation, has applied to fill the vacant position leading the agency.

Charity joined Kevin Rosen of Boca Raton and Mike Hogan of Gainesville in applying to become the state’s top financial regulator, a job that has been open since Ronald Rubin was fired July 25 following allegations of sexual harassment and creating an uncomfortable work environment.

Rubin, who disputed the allegations, was hired over Charity in February for the $166,000-a-year position.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet will choose a replacement for Rubin but have not set a deadline for applications. The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Charity is a former director of the state Division of Financial Institutions who served as interim commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation in 2009 and 2012.

In her application, she touted an “open-door policy” that offers a “collaborative, inclusive management style,” while noting she has “the utmost professional and ethical standards.”

The agency includes nearly 360 employees and has an operating budget of about $41 million a year.

Rosen in his introductory letter to DeSantis and the Cabinet, outlined 20 years of experience in government regulation, private-sector regulation and private law and advisory practice, while also contending he would “swiftly transform” the agency and “its culture and operational readiness,” which deserves “a commissioner that has utmost integrity and credibility.”

Rosen, according to his resume, is a senior manager of cyber risk services with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Boca Raton.

Charity and Rubin were the only candidates interviewed for the position in February.

Hogan, who cited 20 years as a community-bank chief financial officer and interim president and chief executive officer in a pair of bank start-ups, said he “possess the ability to effectively interact with all levels of management.”

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