Florida DMS secretary with Jacksonville ties resigns


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The secretary for Florida's Department of Management Services, which oversees the Capitol complex and other state business operations, resigned Thursday, the governor announced.

Chad Poppell, who was chief of human resources for the city of Jacksonville under the John Peyton administration and worked at JEA, has served as DMS secretary since December 2014.

I have an opportunity in the private sector that will allow me to move forward with the next chapter in my professional life," Poppell wrote in his resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott. 

His resignation will be effective March 31, Scott said.

“Chad Poppell has done an outstanding job as secretary of DMS, and I want to thank him for his hard work to improve efficiency and foster innovation in state government,” Scott said. “Under his leadership, Florida has remained a leader in government efficiency and provided the critical support to our state agencies to ensure Florida families and businesses receive the services and support they need. Chad has been a valued member of my team since 2013, and I am proud of the great work he has done for Florida families. I wish Chad and his family the very best in their future endeavors.”

An interim secretary will be announced in the coming days.

Prior to his appointment as secretary, Poppell served as the chief of staff for the Department of Economic Opportunity. From 2011-2013, he worked as the director of employee services at JEA.

Poppell received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Valdosta State University.

The Department of Management Services oversees state-government issues such as human resources, procurement and real estate.


The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.