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Atwater Says He Won’t Offer Names for Successor

State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater met with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, four days after announcing he would resign later this year to become a vice president at Florida Atlantic University.

Atwater told reporters after the meeting that the two men only briefly mentioned the search for a replacement; Scott will pick a new CFO who will serve until the next election in 2018.

“I’ve offered no names, intend to offer no names and don’t anticipate that I’ll be asked to offer any names,” Atwater said. “I think we all know it’s his call, and I think that’s how it will go.”

Instead, the meeting focused on Scott reassuring Atwater that the governor would continue to support the CFO’s legislative agenda while looking for a successor.

Atwater has said he will stay on through the legislative session. The CFO also told reporters it was difficult to take the university position because of the timing.

“It is hard when you’ve asked for someone’s trust and then you make a counter-decision at a later date,” he said. “I didn’t take that lightly.”