Personnel note: Jessica Crawford named next FWC Chief of Staff

crawford ART
Current Chief of Staff Jennifer Fitzwater is set to retire.

Jessica Crawford, legislative affairs director at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(FWC), will be the agency’s new Chief of Staff.

The Governor’s Office confirmed Crawford will step up to replace the retiring Jennifer Fitzwater.

Fitzwater has served FWC in multiple roles since 2013 and was previously Chief of Staff at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Governor’s Office was unsure of Fitzwater’s retirement date.

Crawford has previously worked at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and was a legislative aide to then-Sen. Alan Hays.

FWC, overseen by Executive Director Eric Sutton since 2017, manages Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. Agency leadership includes seven Commissioners appointed by the Governor.

Voters approved the creation of FWC with a constitutional amendment in 1998. Lawmakers merged the Marine Fisheries Commission, Division of Marine Resources and the Florida Marine Patrol to create the agency in 1999.

A large portion of FWC’s operations is the Division of Law Enforcement, which oversees state conservation law. The division has more than 1,000 employees, over 800 of whom are sworn officers.

In 2012, the Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Scott merged the Division of Law Enforcement with DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement and parts of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement. Combined units included FDACS officers assigned to patrol state forests and the investigator responsible for commercial aquaculture violations.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.

One comment

  • Joe Corsin

    July 27, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Vote RED for Matt Gaetz’s gargantuan girlfriend FAT CAMMACK!!!!!!!!

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704