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Florida Names Governor's Deputy Chief Of Staff As CIO

Simone Marstiller--a lawyer, not a techologist--has held a variety of jobs within Gov. Jeb Bush's administration.

Simone Marstiller, deputy chief of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush since last July, is the state's new CIO. Bush appointed the 39-year-old lawyer to the post last week. She replaces Kimberly Bahrami, who resigned in February.

Marstiller has held a variety of jobs in the Bush administration, including general counsel and interim secretary of the Department of Management Services. She also served as assistant general counsel to Bush and oversaw and coordinated major litigation and other legal matters involving the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Management Services, and the Department of Elder Affairs. Earlier, she served as chief appellate counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration.

She began her service to the state immediately after graduating from Stetson University College of Law as law clerk to a Florida district appeals court judge. to the Honorable Emerson R. Thompson, Jr., in the Fifth District Court of Appeal in She also received her undergraduate degree from Stetson.

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