Chief Financial Officer of Florida
The chief financial officer of Florida is an elected statewide constitutional officer of Florida. The office was created in 2002 following the 1998 reforms of the Florida Cabinet. The CFO is a combination of the former offices of comptroller and treasurer/insurance commissioner/fire marshal. The office heads the Florida Department of Financial Services and is responsible for overseeing the state's finances, collecting revenue, paying state bills, auditing state agencies, regulating cemeteries and funerals, and handling fires and arsons. In addition, the CFO has administrative oversight over the offices which handles banking and insurance regulation. The CFO is a member of the Cabinet is third (behind the lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively) in the line of succession to the office of Governor of Florida.
|Chief Financial Officer of Florida|
|Department of Financial Services|
|Term length||4 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Tom Gallagher|
Tom Gallagher was the first state CFO and a former treasurer/insurance commissioner/fire marshal. Gallagher retired from the position in 2006 and Alex Sink (D), a Florida business executive and the wife of former Florida gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride, was elected on November 7, 2006. Alex Sink launched an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010, and was succeeded by Jeff Atwater. Atwater resigned and then-governor Rick Scott appointed Jimmy Patronis to the post. Patronis won a statewide election and retained the post in 2018.
List of chief financial officersEdit
|#||Name||Term of Service||Political Party|
Living former Florida Chief Financial OfficersEdit
As of June 2021, there are three living former Florida chief financial officers, the oldest being Tom Gallagher (served 2003–2007, born 1944).
|Name||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Tom Gallagher||2003–2007||February 3, 1944|
|Alex Sink||2007–2011||June 5, 1948|
|Jeff Atwater||2011–2017||April 8, 1958|
- "Constitution of Florida: Article IV, Section 3". Florida Legislature. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
- "Florida Statutes 14.055". Law Server. Retrieved August 22, 2019.