Florida Lottery secretary resigns under fire

O’Connell, who received an annual salary of $141,000, was appointed by Scott in 2011.


A little Monkey see, Monkey do?

Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s original agency heads,

has resigned in the wake of media reports of questionable travel expenses and absenteeism.

O’Connell has been under pressure for some time.

Her agency faced severe criticism last year over poor financial management and a fraud investigation into unusual, recurring lottery payouts.

The Palm Beach Post, in a series of reports last year,

found suspicious patterns of winnings at the same retail outlets.

More recently,

Politico reported this week that O’Connell racked up nearly $30,000 in travel bills

and took nine weeks of vacation in 2014, the equivalent of 20 percent of all business days,

at a time when key staffers in her office were under investigation.


Committee member Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, think that she has been doing a great job?

Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, a longtime member of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, said he considered O’Connell a friend.

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also a member of the committee, said

he thought that O’Connell was one of several Scott agency heads who could face difficulty being confirmed in the 2016 session.

Those who were not confirmed in 2015 and are not confirmed next year will lose their jobs.

Tom Delacenserie, Governor Rick Scott’s newest appointee as the Florida Lottery Secretary was hired by Governor Scott in 2000.

Prior to joining the Florida Lottery,

Tom spent 28 years in consumer product sales as a Representative, District Manager, Regional Manager, and National Accounts Manager. During his sales career,

Tom has been responsible for both Regional and National headquarter accounts including Target, K-Mart, Walmart, Walgreen, and Kroger?

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