Cabinet OKs Crist's appointees


Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:44 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist obtained unanimous approval Thursday from the Florida Cabinet for his choices to head state agencies overseeing the environment and veterans affairs.

Crist named Michael W. Sole as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, where he previously had been deputy secretary for regulatory programs and energy, and retired Navy Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr. as executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs.The governor shares responsibility for these agencies with the three Cabinet members: Attorney General Bill McCollum, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.

Sole, who worked his way up the ranks at DEP, replaces Colleen Castille, while Collins follows retired Marine Corps Col. Rocky McPherson at Veterans Affairs.Collins is the son of a Florida governor and last year unsuccessfully sought the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.The State Board of Administration, consisting of Crist, McCollum and Sink, also unanimously agreed to retain SBA executive director Coleman Stipanovich.

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