Kim McDougal, a top education policy guru in the governor’s office, has taken over as an adviser for Gov. Rick Scott.
She fills the post left vacant when Chris Finkbeiner left the office to join Scott’s re-election campaign.
McDougal will serve two roles, continuing with a focus on education policy, but picking expanded responsibilities with her new title. She will continue to make $116,000.
McDougal, who has been with the state since 1989, has been a mainstay in Florida education policy.
She previously served as an education analyst in former Gov. Jeb Bush’s administration and with the Department of Education.
Finkbeiner joins former communications director Melissa Sellers as high-profile staffers leave the governor’s office to join the campaign. Sellers serves as campaign manager.
Both had been involved in campaign strategy meetings before leaving the office. They were among governor’s office staff to meet with Scott campaign strategists at the DoubleTree in Tallahassee in December, according to the Florida Times-Union.