The head of Florida’s child protection agency is getting a new job in addition to his current one. As Sascha Cordner reports, Governor Rick Scott has appointed David Wilkins as the state’s first Chief Operating Officer for Government Operations.
Scott’s Spokesman Lane Wright says Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins is now in charge of finding ways to trim costs in state Government. Wright says the new role comes because of his good track record at his own agency.
“In his first year, he reduced administrative costs by nearly $59 million and streamlined the delivery of the administrative services. He got rid of redundancies. And, he did a lot of good things over there for DCF, so Scott asked him to look at all the agencies and basically do the same thing.”
Wilkins is expected to collaborate with other state agencies in his new position, and will report to Scott’s Chief of Staff Steve MacNamara. Wilkins’ new job does not come with any additional pay beyond his current $140,000 a year salary.