Bondi selected Cox over two other finalists, Department of Juvenile Justice assistant general counsel Haccord J. Curry, Jr. and Miami County court judge Andrew S. Hague. All were vetted by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. #

“I have known Nick for nearly two decades, and I have complete confidence in his work ethic and personal integrity,” Bondi said in a statement. “Under Nick’s leadership, the Office of Statewide Prosecution will work in partnership with our elected state attorneys to protect all Floridians.” #

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