Thanks, but no thanks.
In a statement issued Saturday, Mayor Lenny Curry said he informed Gov. Rick Scott that he is not seeking an appointment as the state’s next chief financial officer.
“I have stated many times in recent weeks that it is flattering to hear speculation about a statewide position that would allow me to do more for the state,” Curry said.
“And I always stand ready to work with Gov. Scott to make the future brighter,” he said.
But, he said, to “stem the gossip and get the focus back on the city I love, I informed the governor today that I am not seeking an appointment to CFO.”
Curry was considered a contender for the job in light of CFO Jeff Atwater’s decision to leave after the current legislative session to join Florida Atlantic University.
The state CFO position is an elected post, but with Atwater stepping down, Scott can fill it by appointment.
In his statement, Curry said he wants to continue to build on his accomplishments, such as pension reform, adding that “there’s much more to do.”
Last week, Scott declined to say whether Curry was being considered for the state appointment.
Curry took office July 1, 2015, and has two years left in his first term.
“For my family and yours, for every person in every neighborhood, I will continue to work as your mayor and ask each of you to continue to walk with me on this journey to our shared future,” he said.