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Outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater reports $2.5M net worth

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has reported a $2.5 million net worth for 2016, as part of his annual financial disclosure statement.

Atwater, a former banker whose last day in office is Friday, filed his disclosure with the Florida Commission of Ethics earlier this week.

He’s leaving to become chief financial officer for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. New CFO Jimmy Patronis was sworn in Friday.

The disclosure shows that his worth has gone up from his 2013 filing as CFO, the earliest now available on the commission’s website, of $1.7 million. His highest reported worth was $2.6 million for 2014.

Atwater’s biggest asset, as recorded in a handwritten schedule, is an investment retirement account of $1.2 million. His North Palm Beach home is valued at $909,000.

He also lists stock in Whole Foods Market valued at $4,614. The certified organic supermarket chain was recently bought by Amazon for $13.7 billion.

Atwater also listed his state salary: $128,161 a year.

Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam had not filed their disclosures as of midday Friday. Attorney General Pam Bondi last month listed her most recent net worth at nearly $1.7 million.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at [email protected]

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