Governor-elect Ron DeSantis picked state government experience in selecting Shane Strum to be his chief-of-staff. Strum served on Gov. Rick Scott’s first transition team and prior to that as then-Gov. Charlie Crist’s chief of staff during the last 15 months of his administration.
Picking Strum gives DeSantis an experienced veteran in running the day-to-day operations of state government. Historically the governor’s chief of staff is given wide latitude in ensuring that the state government train runs on time.
“I am very pleased to announce that Shane is returning to public service and bringing his expertise to our administration,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Having spent many years in both the private and public sector, and previously serving two Florida Governors, Shane will be a great addition to our team.”
DeSantis will likely lean on his chief of staff as the governor-elect learns the fine details of how Florida’s state government operates. DeSantis has spent his entire political career serving in the federal government. Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee couldn’t be more different.
Strum’s selection was universally praised by Republicans who have worked with him in the past.
“Beyond the fact that Shane Strum is a good man, he is an experienced and capable manager with deep knowledge of state government. His selection ensures that the Governor-elect can hit the ground running,” said former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
“To put it in baseball terms, this pick is a grand slam. Shane Strum is a dedicated public servant who is smart and knows how to get things done,” said Republican Party of Florida Chairman and State Representative Blaise Ingoglia.
“Shane Strum is a fine leader and knows the process as well as anybody in the state. I was privileged to work with him as Senator-elect Scott transitioned into the Governor’s office in 2010 and saw just how effective he was. I know he will bring his policy expertise, management skills and love for the state to the Governor’s office and will serve Governor-elect DeSantis with excellence,” said Susie Wiles, DeSantis Campaign Chair and Transition Executive Director.
Since leaving state government in 2011, Strum served as vice chancellor of business development for Keiser University and currently is senior vice president of the Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County.
Strum beings serving at the Governor’s chief of staff January 8.