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CFO-Elect Alex Sink Announces Chief of Staff, Director of Administration

12/12/2006

CONTACT:
Tami Torres or Tara Klimek (850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE, FL— Chief Financial Officer-elect Alex Sink Tuesday announced Jim Cassady as chief of staff for her administration and Elizabeth "Diana" Flagg as director of the Division of Administration.
 
"I'm pleased to welcome talented professionals such as Jim and Diana to my administration," said Sink.  "Their financial qualifications and leadership skills will be an asset to the Department of Financial Services and the people of Florida."
 
"It is an honor to serve the people of Florida under the leadership of a dedicated financial leader," said Cassady.  "I look forward to working with Alex Sink to ensure fiscal accountability in government and safeguard Floridians' tax dollars."
 
Jim Cassady, Chief of Staff - Mr. Cassady is a recognized business leader from South Florida and has a 33-year banking career that culminated in his service as the Broward County President of Bank of America.  Mr. Cassady is also a former chair of both the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of the Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of Leadership Florida and was awarded the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund in 2001.  He is a Vietnam veteran, served in the United States Army Infantry and was awarded the Bronze Star in June 1970.  Mr. Cassady is a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina and Rutgers Graduate School of Banking.
 
Elizabeth "Diana" Flagg, Director of Administration - Ms. Flagg has more than twenty-six years of public service and is currently the assistant division director of the Division of Accounting and Auditing.  Over her career, she has displayed vast leadership in the financial and accounting arenas, including her service as the bureau chief of State Payrolls and financial administrator within the Division of Accounting and Auditing.  She is a graduate of Florida State University. As the director of the Division of Administration, Ms. Flagg will be responsible for providing administrative services to the Department of Financial Services and supervising the Bureau of Human Resource Management, Bureau of General Services and Bureau of Financial and Support Services.
 
Last week, CFO-elect Sink appointed Leslie "Les" Hallman to serve as the new director of the State Fire Marshal's office.