State Cabinet meeting canceled because of Dorian

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gives an update on Hurricane Dorian during a press conference at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center on Aug. 30.

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A discussion among Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Cabinet members about hiring a top financial regulator will have to wait a little longer.

With Florida in a state of emergency because of Hurricane Dorian, a Sept. 10 Cabinet meeting has been canceled, a DeSantis spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday. A meeting of Cabinet aides, which was scheduled for Wednesday, also has been canceled.

The next scheduled Cabinet meeting is Sept. 24, with aides slated to meet Sept. 18.

DeSantis and the Cabinet – Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis – are expected at their next meeting to discuss how to replace Ronald Rubin, who was fired July 25 as commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation.

Hired in February, Rubin faced allegations of sexual harassment and creating an uncomfortable work environment. DeSantis and the Cabinet have canceled three scheduled meetings since the firing.

As of Tuesday morning, five people had applied for the job, including Linda Charity, a two-time former interim commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation, and Bryan A. Schneider, who was secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from 2015 until early this year.

The Office of Financial Regulation includes nearly 360 employees and has an operating budget of about $41 million a year.

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