Behind-the-scenes: movement into and out of DeSantis’ administration

by | Apr 27, 2021

Several longtime administration loyalists are making moves in the Sunshine State, with one landing as Governor Ron DeSantis‘ new communications director.

POLITICO Reporter Gary Fineout broke the news on Twitter Tuesday, signaling a change in scenery for several staffers in the world of Florida politics. Fineout reported that Taryn Fenske will depart from her post at the Florida Department of Education (DOE), where she served as the communications director since July 2019, to join the DeSantis administration as the new communications director. Fenske will replace Fred Piccolo, who departed from the governor’s office back in December.

Fenske is no stranger to the political scene. Serving mostly as a communications director, the Florida State grad helmed the position for the Republican National Committee from 2018 to 2019 and had a stint inside Congressman John Rutherford‘s office from 2017-2018. Fenske holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications.

She will become DeSantis’ third communications director after Piccolo was tapped to replace Helen Aguirre Ferré who is now the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF).

Also on the move is Meredith Beatrice, who has served as DeSantis’ spokesperson. A former communications director for Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign, Beatrice transitioned inside the governor’s office after being hired by the RPOF in 2018 to help run comms on DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign.

Fineout also reported Brian McManus, Chief of Staff for the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), is landing as the Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DPBR).

Fenske is expected to start her new role on Wednesday. While Beatrice and McManus’ departure has not been set.


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