DEP Secretary Departure Sets Rumor Mill Spinning

Jan 26, 2017

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet are scheduling a teleconference early next month to discuss a replacement for just-resigned Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson.

DEP Secretary Jon Steveron's abrupt resignation last week is prompting speculation about potential replacements.

DEP has a longstanding policy of never commenting on personnel matters. But the rumor mill in the environmental community is in overdrive.

Topping the list of potential Steverson replacements is Scott’s deputy chief of staff, Karl Rasmussen. Another contender is Ryan Matthews, DEP’s deputy secretary for regulatory affairs. Suwannee River Water Management District executive director Noah Valenstein also being mentioned, but he is considered a longshot.

Steverson also came from one of the smaller water management districts, and word is Scott doesn’t want to return to the same well.

For WFSU News, I’m Jim Ash