Gov. Rick Scott has named longtime spokeswoman Jackie Schutz Zeckman — who has held official and political jobs for Scott — to be his chief of staff beginning July 1.
Zeckman’s dual experience could be significant as Scott, who faces term limits next year, is widely expected to launch a 2018 campaign for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Zeckman began working in the governor’s office in 2011 as deputy press secretary and then press secretary. She then worked on Scott’s 2014 re-election campaign before returning to the governor’s office in December 2014 as communications director.
“Jackie has been on my team since my first year in office and has done a great job leading my communications efforts and conveying my vision of Florida as the best destination for families and businesses,” Scott said in a statement today. “Along with her work on my communications team, Jackie was an integral part of my reelection efforts and has continued to be a trusted advisor in all aspects of implementing our agenda for Florida. I have full confidence that she will do an outstanding job as my Chief of Staff.”
Zeckman, 31, worked for the Tallahassee public relations firm CoreMessage before joining the governor’s office. She will replace Kim McDougal, who according to the governor’s office will be “pursuing opportunities in the private sector.”