Ballard adds Richard Anderson
Ballard Partners announced the addition of a new partner, Richard Anderson, who will serve as the co-chair of Local Government Practice and will be based in the Central Florida office. Anderson brings 42 years of experience in local government operations to the Ballard Partners team. He most recently served as chief administrative officer of the City of Apopka since 2005 where he managed the overall activities of the city, supervised more than 400 employees and administered a $70 million budget.
Walters joins TaxWatch advisory board
Wansley Walters, former Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary, and now partner with Ballard Partners, has joined the TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice Advisory Board. Secretary Walters joins Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ken Bell, of the Gunster law firm, as co-chair of the advisory board.
MacKinnon out at The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Tribune let go of conservative columnist Douglas MacKinnon, according to Creative Loafing. The Tribune would not comment on the record. MacKinnon recently published a book entitled The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now in which he calls on the Southern U.S. states to secede from the rest of the country.
Theresa Frederick was replaced by David Cox as the Senate Minority Office staff director.
Jim Browne is the new legislative assistant for Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz.
Barreto new Wildlife Foundation of Florida chairman
Rodney Barreto, a Miami businessman is replacing Ken Haddad as the chairman of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Barreto has served on WFF's board for three years and was most recently as its vice chairman.
AT&T names new regional director
AT&T named Alex Dominguez the new regional director of external affairs for City of Miami, South Miami-Dade County and Monroe County. Dominguez previously served as the director of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation. He also served as the director of fundraising and membership development for the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, the South Florida political coordinator for the Florida Association of Realtors, was a Florida House Legislative Fellow, and has worked on various political campaigns.
Florida Supreme Court removes Tallahassee judge
The Florida Supreme Court removed Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins from the bench. She sold religious books from her office as part of her for-profit ministry. The decision goes beyond the recommended punishment from the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, which said Hawkins should be suspended without pay for three months, fined $17,000 and reprimanded. But the Supreme Court said Hawkins also was deceitful and dishonest during her disciplinary hearing and that can't be tolerated of a judge, reported The Associated Press.
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