NAPLES, Fla. (AP — Florida’s top jobs recruiter is probably going to get a $132,500 check, even though he’s leaving his job next month.
The board of Enterprise Florida is expected on Wednesday to approve a severance payment to departing CEO Bill Johnson. Johnson announced his resignation in March, shortly after the Florida Legislature rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to spend more money on trying to lure new companies to the state.
Johnson, who is leaving in late June, has a base salary of $265,000, although he was also eligible for bonuses.
Enterprise Florida’s executive committee this week agreed to offer Johnson a severance payment, even though his contract states that he is not eligible for any extra compensation if he quits voluntarily.
Scott on Wednesday would not answer a question on whether he asked Johnson to quit.
By: Associated Press March 28, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP — Florida’s top jobs recruiter is stepping down from his post after state legislators rejected calls for additional money.
Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday that Bill Johnson, the head of Enterprise Florida, is resigning. Scott’s office did not announce the exact date of Johnson’s departure.
Johnson took over the post in 2015 at the start of Scott’s second term in office. But he wound up clashing several times with the Florida Legislature over the amount of money needed to lure new companies to the state.
Scott wanted legislators this year to set aside $250 million for a new fund that would be used for business incentives. But legislators during budget negotiations rejected the entire request.
During the middle of negotiations, Johnson contended that without the money, Florida could lose out on 50,000 jobs.