Governor Scott Names David Wilkins as Chief Operating Officer for Government Operations

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the designation of David Wilkins as Florida’s Chief Operating Officer for Government Operations. Wilkins will serve in this role in addition to his role as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

“I have asked David to serve in a chief operating officer role for the state, taking an enterprise-wide approach to improving agency productivity and reducing government bureaucracy,” said Governor Scott. “David is uniquely qualified for this new role and I have asked him to replicate many of the operations, improvements and cost-cutting initiatives he has implemented as Secretary of DCF. While Wilkins will serve as the lead, I have also asked all agencies and agency heads to actively participate in this state productivity and efficiency initiative.”

In his first year as secretary of DCF, Wilkins reduced the agency’s overall administrative costs by nearly $59 million and streamlined the delivery of administrative services by eliminating redundancies and standardizing processes. He also enhanced organizational performance through the implementation of financial, technology and human resource management improvements. Wilkins also introduced performance measure scorecards and launched operational redesigns of the child protection investigation and welfare eligibility programs.

“I look forward to this additional role and am committed to increasing efficiencies in state government and protecting tax-payers hard earned money,” said Wilkins.
Wilkins has more than 30 years of management experience and has served in numerous management roles throughout his career. Wilkins, his wife and their three daughters reside in Tallahassee, Florida, and are active in numerous charitable and community organizations.


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