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Clay County names interim county manager

Stephanie Kopelousos joining Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' team in Tallahassee

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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Clay County is looking for a new county manager as the current manager, Stephanie Kopelousos is set to join Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ team in Tallahassee.

An interim county manager was selected Tuesday evening during a special agenda meeting by the board of county commissioners. Fire Chief Lorin Mock was unanimously selected to serve.

Deputy Chief David Motes will serve as interim fire chief, as Chief Lorin Mock fills the interim county manager position.

DeSantis’ team announced that Kopelousos will begin serving as Director of Legislative Affairs beginning Jan. 9. That means the county is looking for her replacement.

The County Manager's Office mission is to manage and direct all activities of the county government as outlined by the County Charter, Code of Ordinances, and as directed by the Board of County Commissioners.

- Clay County website

Kopelousos previously served as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2011, where she first served as chief of staff. 

The DeSantis-Nunez team says she’s a well-respected leader.