Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office is advertising for a director of the revived Florida State Guard.
The director, who must have “knowledge of military culture and organization” for a position considered part-time, would be responsible for recruiting, training, and mobilizing the 400-member volunteer guard, which was approved by lawmakers this year to supplement the Florida National Guard during emergencies.
The director will report to the adjutant general of the Florida National Guard. A news release from DeSantis’ office said the “ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in military style operations, emergency management, leadership and problem solving.”
DeSantis made a priority this year of reviving the civilian guard, which has been inactive since 1947.
Lawmakers passed a budget in March that includes $10 million to reactivate the guard and cover the costs of six positions. The budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year has not been formally sent to DeSantis, who has line-item veto power.