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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps Julie Imanuel Brown as new DBPR secretary

Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:07:54-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his appointment of Florida's newest Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Thursday.

Gov. DeSantis chose Julie Imanuel Brown to head the DBPR, with the new position being effective Feb. 22.

“I’m pleased to appoint Julie Imanuel Brown as Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation,” said Gov. DeSantis. “Julie brings a unique blend of experience in the private and public sectors, as well as the legal field, including over 10 years of service on the Florida Public Service Commission and various corporate positions."

Julie Imanuel Brown has served on Florida Public Service Commission since 2011 and served as Commission Chairman from January 2016 to January 2018.

The agency is charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida, such as cosmetologists, veterinarians, and real estate agents.

The DBPR made headlines in the summer for suspending on-site alcohol consumption at bars statewide in June 2020, which was ordered by the former DBPR secretary Halsey Beshears.

Beshears stepped down in January.