TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The Office of Governor Ron DeSantis announced three new staff changes today.
Cody Farrill will serve as Deputy Legislative Affairs Director & Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the governor’s office. Since March 2021, Farrill has served as Chief of Staff at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), overseeing all policy development, specific focuses in prescription drugs, managed care, health facility licensing. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief of Staff with the Florida Department of Management Services. Farrill served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs & Special Projects at the Florida Department of Transportation from 2015-2019. He holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from Florida State University and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Troy University.
Jason Weida will assume Farrell’s post as Chief of Staff at AHCA. Since 2021, Weida has served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Policy & Quality at AHCA. He previously served as a lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, and a counsel in DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy in Washington, DC. In his roles at DOJ, Weida oversaw drug diversion investigations of doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and hospitals. He holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Brock Juarez will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications & Legislative Affairs at AHCA. Juarez has served as Communications Director at AHCA since March, overseeing the flow of communications and information between AHCA and the public, as well as internal communications. Prior to that he was the Director of Corporate & Strategic Initiatives at the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. From 2017-2020, worked at the Office of Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, serving as Director of External Affairs and Appointments. Juarez earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University.