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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director resigns amid unemployment issues

Posted at 2:28 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 07:21:42-04

The DEO’s Director Ken Lawson has resigned his position, ABC Action News has confirmed.

The state has come under fire during the COVID-19 pandemic for ongoing problems with its website and inability to get people their unemployment benefits.

He was stripped of unemployment duties by Governor DeSantis earlier this year after CONNECT’s failure.

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DMS Sec. Jon Satter took over management of the unemployment system.

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Here is the note he sent to staff:

Dear DEO family,

In the spirit of moving forward and turning the page, I have resigned from DEO. However, it has been my great honor to serve and to work with each of you. I am extremely grateful for the dedication and focus that you all have given to the people of Florida. Personally, I am thankful for the kindness and grace that you have given to me. I will never forget you and my DEO experience.

May God continue to bless each of you. Please stay safe and know that you have been appreciated by me.