A former Republican state representative from Naples will play an important role if suspended Scott Israel and Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher try to get their jobs back.
J. Dudley Goodlette, a land use and zoning lawyer, would serve as special master if Israel and Bucher request a Senate hearing for reinstatement, according to a memo sent Thursday by Senate President Bill Galvano.
Galvano, R-Bradenton, wrote he thinks Goodlette would be impartial, despite having served on the opposite side of the political aisle with Bucher when she was a state representative.
“I believe his familiarity with the legislative process, his reputation for fairness and civility, and my own personal observations of his abilities to manage challenging and high profile situations make Representative Goodlette the right choice to serve the Senate in this important role,” Galvano wrote.
Israel and Bucher, both Democrats, have not formally requested a hearing before the Senate, but they have vowed to fight their suspensions.
Goodlette would be responsible for conducting a hearing for the Republican-controlled Senate on the merits of the suspensions and submitting advisory reports.
Republican Gov. , citing failures in his agency related to the Feb. 14 Parkland school massacre where 17 died and another 17 were injured. He saying she missed the state’s deadline to submit recount results for the 2018 midterm elections.
Goodlette, 70, served in the Florida House from 1998 until 2006. He served as chief of staff to the speaker of the Florida House from 2009 to 2010.
A native of Hazard, Ky., Goodlette, has lived in Naples since 1954.
He will also serve as special master for a hearing for suspended elected Okaloosa County school superintendent Mary Beth Jackson. DeSantis suspended her over a child abuse incident in her district, and she has formally requested a Senate hearing.