TALLAHASSEE — Longtime state utility regulator Julie Brown was named Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to turn into secretary of the Florida Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation, persevering with a collection of adjustments within the higher ranges of the DeSantis administration.
Brown, a lawyer who has served on the Florida Public Service Fee since 2011, will substitute Halsey Beshears, who introduced final month he was resigning as Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation secretary due to well being causes.
In a ready assertion, DeSantis mentioned he was assured Brown will “do an incredible job in our continued combat to chop crimson tape and ease regulation on our companies and hard-working Floridians.”
Beshears helped spearhead efforts of the DeSantis administration to cut back laws, a course Brown signaled Thursday that she’s going to proceed.
“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor DeSantis to this vital place, which impacts tens of millions of Floridians,” she mentioned in a press release launched by DeSantis’ workplace. “As secretary, I’ll work to construct on the governor’s basis to implement significant occupational licensing reform, as effectively with enterprise leaders and enterprise house owners throughout Florida’s financial restoration.”
With DeSantis a little bit greater than midway by means of his four-year time period, the administration goes by means of a transition.
Along with Brown changing Beshears, management adjustments have occurred — or are deliberate — on the Company for Well being Care Administration, the Division of Youngsters and Households, the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Division of Administration Providers and the Division of Emergency Administration. Additionally, DeSantis’ chief of employees, Shane Strum, is leaving to turn into chief govt officer on the North Broward Hospital District,
The Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation oversees industries corresponding to playing, alcohol and tobacco. The company additionally handles licensing and regulation for a variety of professions, together with barbers, cosmetologists and actual property brokers.
Beshears, a Republican from Monticello, was elected to the Florida Home in 2012 and was amongst DeSantis’ first agency-head choices after the governor was elected in 2018.
Brown’s appointment to guide the company is efficient Monday. She was appointed to the Public Service Fee by former Gov. Charlie Crist and was reappointed twice by former Gov. Rick Scott and chaired the regulatory panel from 2016 to 2018.
DeSantis’ decide of Brown to run the state company additionally will give the governor a chance to make an appointment to the five-member fee.
DeSantis final 12 months appointed former state Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, to the fee. La Rosa, who changed former Commissioner Donald Polmann, started the job final month.