Governor DeSantis appoints new head of Department of Juvenile Justice


The new boss will inherit the problems of compensation and retention of agents.

There is a new chief in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Govt. Ron DeSantis appointed Eric Hall Friday as Secretary of DJJ. He replaces the acting secretary Josie tamayo, which will remain on board the DeSantis administration. More information on Tamayo’s next role will be available soon, the governor’s office said.

“Dr. Eric Hall, Ed.D. has over two decades of experience in executive leadership roles, with significant expertise in education, youth development and juvenile justice, ”the governor’s office wrote in a statement. hurry.

The concert will mark Hall’s first state agency job. In 2019, education commissioner Richard Corcoran called on Hall to become the first chancellor for innovation and the first chancellor. The role oversaw a large number of divisions including K-12 Public Schools, Florida College System, Career and Adult Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Services for the Blind, the Office of Safe Schools and the Office of Early Learning.

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Hall is also involved in numerous boards and committees. He was a member of the board of directors of Special Olympics Florida and chairman of the Florida State Advisory Council on Early Learning. Hall holds a doctorate in leadership and political studies in education.

Like new Department of Corrections boss, Hall will inherit difficulties with the compensation and retention of officers, among others. The agency is looking for more resources to recruit and retain agents in the next session on legislation.

Hall is at least the second boss of DJJ under the DeSantis administration. Simone marstiller – a former judge and Jeb Bush veteran of the administration – left the post in February. She now runs the Agency for Health Care Administration.

News of the leadership change comes amid a massive roster reshuffle across multiple agencies. DeSantis announced leadership changes in the Florida Department of Corrections and the Department of Elder Affairs on Friday. He also appointed a new Chief Resilience Officer.

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