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Two Top Agency Heads Leave DeSantis Administration

FLHSMV Director Terry Rhodes and FLDEO Secretary Dane Eagle both submitted their letters of resignation.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Today, it was announced that two top officials have resigned from the DeSantis administration. Terry Rhodes, Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Dane Eagle, Secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, are both choosing to leave their positions.

Eagle praised the governor in his letter of resignation: “Your leadership has made all aspects of Florida’s executive branch a well-oiled machine that promotes efficiency over bureaucracy, and the citizens of Florida are the ultimate beneficiaries of this success. I have no doubt that Florida – and DEO – will continue to excel under your bold leadership. Again, thank you for this extraordinary opportunity, but most importantly, thank you for keeping Florida free,” Eagle wrote.

DeSantis responded in a tweet: “Thank you, Secretary @DaneEagle, for your outstanding service to Florida's businesses and workforce. Under your leadership at @FLDEO, you helped to strengthen our communities and nation-leading economy. We wish you the best in your next endeavors.”

Terry Rhodes has served as FLHSMV Director for ten years. In her letter, she gave accolades to the staff and the culture at the agency, setting “Service over Self.”

“I have been extremely fortunate to work with so many dedicated and talented people and I will truly miss all of them. I believe the most important element to our agency’s success is our members and our culture. Public safety is the highest form of public service, including the trooper on the road, the driver license examiner administering a driving test, the dispatcher keeping contact with a crash victim to ensure help is on the way, and the call analyst helping a distraught citizen who has their license suspended,” Rhodes wrote in her letter.

The governor thanked Rhodes for her long service: “Thank you @FLHSMV Director Terry Rhodes for your years of service to Floridians. Her dedicated leadership and commitment to public service have made our roads safer for our state troopers and motorists who travel on them each day. We wish her fair winds and following seas.”