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Sink Announces New Appointments

1/12/2007

CONTACT: Tara Klimek
(850) 413-2842 
 
Alex Sink, Florida's Chief Financial Officer, announced the appointments of Dan Sumner as Interim General Counsel and Kathy Baughman McLeod as Deputy Chief of Staff.
 
"I'm pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Sumner and Ms. Baughman McLeod, two highly talented professionals, to my administration," said Sink. "Their leadership experience and commitment to accountability will be an asset to the Department of Financial Services and the people of Florida."
 
Dan Sumner, Interim General Counsel— Bringing three decades of legal expertise and public service, Mr. Sumner has accepted the position of Interim General Counsel, serving as the chief legal advisor to CFO Sink. Mr. Sumner will supervise the Divisions of Legal Services, Risk Management, and Rehabilitation and Liquidation; and as Interim General Counsel will represent the Chief Financial Officer in litigation in federal and state courts and administrative tribunals. Mr. Sumner previously served as the Assistant Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation, and held numerous legal and insurance roles under the former Department of Insurance prior to Cabinet reorganization. In addition to his other duties, Mr. Sumner is currently serving on a voluntary basis as the interim executive director of the recently reactivated PCJUA. 
 
Kathy Baughman McLeod, Deputy Chief of Staff—With a dozen years experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors surrounding Florida government, Ms. Baughman McLeod has accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Staff. In her new role, Ms. Baughman McLeod will lead the development, implementation, management and enforcement of policies governing the areas of Cabinet Affairs, Legislative Affairs and Communications. In addition to her private sector experience, Ms. Baughman McLeod has held prior positions at the Florida Department of Community Affairs, the Trust for Public Land, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Like CFO Sink, Ms. Baughman McLeod is a member of Leadership Florida.