As Florida come to a close, presumed governor-elect of Florida, Ron DeSantis, announced his transition team on Monday, Nov. 12. The staff members listed would assist DeSantis in setting up his administration.
DeSantis made it clear that he is going to keep pushing forward despite the ongoing recount — confident that he’s been elected into office.
“At noon, today, Supervisors of Elections from across the state submitted their election returns to the Secretary of State. Those results are clear and unambiguous, just as they were on Election Night, and I am honored by the trust that Floridians have placed in me to serve as your next governor,” DeSantis said.
The team is being led by Susie Wiles, serving as executive director. Wiles chaired DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign as well.
“We are excited to announce this great team of professionals who will help us build a larger staffing framework to serve Governor-elect DeSantis,” Wiles said in a written statement.
the other staff members announced included James Blair. director of policy; Chris Clark, director of recruiting; Drew Meiner, director of operations; Amanda Emmons, director of scheduling; Ben Gibson, general counsel; Dave Vasquez, press secretary; and Claire Whitehead, assistant to Casey DeSantis, wife of Ron DeSantis.
The team’s first task is filling jobs, both in DeSantis’ cabinets as well as outside of his office. As terms begin to expire, DeSantis is responsible for appointing hospital boards, state college boards, family care councils, and other small government bodies throughout the state.
The new governor will be sworn in Jan. 8.