Top aides to Gov. Rick Scott are stepping down

Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 17, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two top aides to Florida Gov. Rick Scott are resigning.

Scott announced Thursday that his chief of staff and general counsel are stepping down from their posts. Their last day is April 1.

Melissa Sellers has been Scott's chief of staff since November 2014. The chief of staff is one of the most powerful positions in the administration. Sellers is expected to open her own political consulting and communications firm.

Scott called Sellers an "invaluable member" of his team.

Sellers served as Scott's campaign manager during his re-election bid in 2014. She was Scott's communications director before she stepped down to work for the campaign.

Tim Cerio has been Scott's general counsel since January 2015. Cerio previously worked at the Gray Robinson law firm and is returning to private practice.