Day After FDOT Secretary Candidate Search Ends, Gov. Scott Chooses 'Next Ananth'

Dec 19, 2014

Gov. Scott Names Jim Boxold as FDOT's new Secretary. He'll replace Ananth Prasad in the new year.

A day after the applicant process was narrowed down, Governor Rick Scott has now chosen a new person to lead the Florida Department of Transportation.

Earlier this month, Ananth Prasad said he’d be leaving the job of FDOT Secretary. Ronald Howse, who leads the nine-member panel tasked with suggesting a successor to the Governor, says Prasad leaves big shoes to fill.

“We were all starting to get ‘who’s going to be the next Ananth?’ It wasn’t really ‘who’s going to be the next Secretary?’ It was ‘who’s going to be the next Ananth?’ because Ananth has done a good job,” said Howse, during Thursday's Florida Transporation Commission meeting.

So Thursday, the commission whittled the list of candidates down to three, and Governor Scott chose Jim Boxold to lead the state’s transportation agency the following day.

Boxold was Prasad’s Chief of Staff since last year. He also worked for the state Department of Agriculture as well as former Governor Jeb Bush’s administration. Prasad’s last day is January 2nd.

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