Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is reaching across the aisle in his new announcement as he’s chosen Democratic State Representative Jared Moskowitz to take over the sunshine state’s emergency operations. Moskowitz will be replacing former Division of Emergency Management Director Wes Maul, who announced that he would be stepping down from the position in January.
Commenting on Moskowitz, who was critical of the incoming Republican Governor during his race against Democrat Andrew Gillum, DeSantis detailed that “Representative Moskowitz will be a great leader for the future of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, preparing our state for situations that need rapid response and real-time execution in the face of crisis. Florida has a long history of being a model for the nation in emergency preparedness and response, and with Jared at the helm, I am confident this legacy will continue.”
Governor-elect DeSantis also assured that “Floridians will be well served with Jared Moskowitz leading this vital agency.”
Terrie Rizzo, the Florida Democratic Party Chair, praised the pick, explaining that “We know Rep. Moskowitz will continue to be an effective leader that looks out for all Floridians in times of emergencies, and we are proud of his appointment!”
In addition, Governor-elect DeSantis has officially picked Richard Corcoran to replace Pam Stewart as Florida’s next Education Commissioner after weeks of speculation.
In a statement, Governor-elect DeSantis praised Corcoran, who entertained the idea of running for Governor before opting to sit out of the race, saying that “Richard is known as a no-nonsense reformer whose sole focus has been how best to support students, parents and teachers. This issue is very personal to me. Casey and I believe that the future of our children and the future of all Florida’s children depend on our education system.”
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This announcement comes the same week that Pam Stewart turned in her resignation.