Re the Aug. 8 story “He lacked experience, left the application mostly blank but got a $110,000 state job,” about a former staffer of ours, Taylor Teepell.
The story says that the governor gave him a $110,000 job in Florida government for which he had no experience, but went on to list his impressive resume of accomplishments, which include working in each of our executive offices, when we were governors.
If your reporter had called either of us, we would have said that Teepell was an exemplary, effective employee and is a hardworking young man with years of people management experience in complex organizations.
But don’t take our word for it, Taylor’s resume speaks for itself. When you work in a governor’s executive office, you expand your skill set dramatically by being exposed to and solving problems across a wide variety of issues that impact citizens’ lives.
You won’t find a more dedicated and loyal public servant than Taylor Teepell, who has earned every job he’s held.
There are few things in professional life as satisfying as the accomplishments of former employees. And few things as irritating as seeing their reputations unfairly tarnished.
Haley Barbour, former governor, Mississippi
Bobby Jindal, former governor, Louisiana