Ex-FL Department of Health spokesman joins capital PR shop amid churn in the communications field

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The new year arrives with lots of changes in capital communications personnel. Credit: Diane Rado

Several familiar names in Florida’s professional communications realm have new posts this week.

Alberto Moscoso, former communications director at the news hotspot that is the Florida Department of Health, is now a vice president at On3PR, a public relations firm whose clients include the Florida Medical Association.

Moscoso abruptly resigned from the Department of Health in November without giving a public explanation. He’d worked there for 14 months, with much of his attention centering on the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 22,000 Floridians.

He also was director of communications and external affairs for two years at the Florida Division of Emergency Management, leaving in January 2019, and was a press secretary at the Florida Department of Corrections for nearly two years, leaving in 2016.

A former deputy communications director at the Florida Department of Children and Families also has joined On3PR. She is Aly Coleman, and she, too, will hold a post as a vice president.

“Alberto and Aly have honed their skills in public relations and communications while excelling for years in extremely challenging public service roles,” said On3PR founder and president Christina Johnson in announcing the hires.

Earlier, Fred Piccolo resigned as communications director for Gov. Ron DeSantis following a controversial tweet about victims of coronavirus and moved to the Florida Department of Education, where he will work for former boss Richard Corcoran, formerly a speaker of the House and now state education commissioner.

On Tuesday, longtime AARP Communications Manager Dave Bruns announced he will retire on Friday, to be succeeded by Jamie Champion Mongiovi, leaving the post of communications director at the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.

At the Florida Department of Corrections, Paul Walker was promoted to the post of press secretary, a job he started on Monday. Former Press Secretary Kayla McLaughlin just moved to the Florida House of Representatives, where her title is new media manager.