- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Kim McDougal as chief of staff.

McDougal, 53, will move into one of the most powerful positons in the administration. She previously served as Scott’s deputy chief of staff, legislative affairs director and education policy coordinator. She was also Scott’s policy director during his re-election campaign in 2014.

Before working for Scott, McDougal held numerous leadership roles at the Department of Education, including governmental relations director and senior policy adviser.

Scott lauded McDougal’s “successful track record along with her extensive experience and knowledge.”

McDougal will take over for Melissa Sellers on April 2. Sellers has been Scott’s chief of staff since November 2014 and announced her resignation last week. Sellers is expected to open her own political consulting and communications firm.

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