Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Henderson, 45 Top Managers out Governor Revamps Regulation Agency

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Henderson, 45 Top Managers out Governor Revamps Regulation Agency

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TALLAHASSEE -- In the first major shake-up of his administration, Gov. Jeb Bush overhauled the state agency that regulates Florida's businesses and professions yesterday.

Bush shifted Cynthia Henderson, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, to another state job and received resignation letters from 45 other top managers in her agency.

Henderson was mired in controversy her first year on the job in 1999, facing questions about her ethics in running the agency on several occasions.

Bush, at a news conference with Henderson to announce the agency changes, said much of the earlier criticism was unjustified and had nothing to do with his decision. Henderson did not comment.

The governor named Kim Binkley-Seyer of Sarasota, president of a management leasing and brokerage company, as Henderson's successor.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which has about 2,100 employees, oversees regulation of professions, trades and several industries, including pari-mutuel wagering, hotels and restaurants, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, land sales, condominiums and mobile homes.

The governor named Henderson to head the Department of Management Services, which oversees state facilities as well as insurance and retirement programs for state employees. Henderson wanted resignation letters from her management team by 2 p.m., less than two hours after Bush announced the change.

Bush spokeswoman Elizabeth Hirst said the governor supported Henderson's decision to give her successor more flexibility.

Binkley-Seyer, 37, has spent the past 11 years as a partner at Oakmont Capital Resources Inc., a management leasing and brokerage company specializing in retail shopping centers. She will make $105,000 in her new job.

"We're going to look at the agency and make changes as needed," she said. "We don't know what they are yet."

Henderson, 39, replaces Thomas McGurk at management services. …

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