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Secretary's Messages


  • We have now approached the peak of hurricane season, which is expected to run to late October. While the Carolinas are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the tropics remain very active and we are still keeping an eye on any potential storms.
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  • Congratulations to Fred Schuknecht who was recently honored with the Louie L. Wainwright Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency (FCCD).
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  • Congratulations to Superintendent Dennis Driscoll, Support Worker Kiera McManness and Food Service Worker Juandal Huggins from the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who were recognized by the Office of Detention Services in the South Region for their outstanding service to the agency.
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  • As my time as secretary draws to a close, I would like to again thank each and every one of you for the commitment you have made to bettering the lives of Florida’s youth and families.
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  • Congratulations to Circuit 2 OPS File Clerk Sydney Campagna who was named the circuit’s Employee of the Month for July. Ms. Campagna is very driven and passionate about her position with the agency as she works to help turn around the lives of our youth on probation.
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  • Friends, family, co-workers and colleagues of Delinquency Prevention Specialist Marie Boswell came together in Miami to celebrate her retirement after an impressive 47 years of dedicated service to the state of Florida and the Department.
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  • On July 19, fifteen current DJJ staff members graduated from the Certified Public Managers Program (CPM). The CPM program is a nationally-recognized training and development program for public sector managers.
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  • Believe it or not, it’s back to school time again! To help ensure that our students start the year off right, I encourage you to take advantage of the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.
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  • DJJ continues our collaboration with the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) to combine literacy skills and fun in the classroom with the Clash of the Heroes competition this summer!
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  • Recently, I had the great opportunity to take a part in the Restoring Families graduation ceremony at the Gadsden County High School.
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  • Congratulations to Food Services Director Juandal Huggins from the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center for being named Regional Employee of the Month for the South Region during the month of June.
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  • Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann, Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services Alice Sims, and I attended the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (FCCD) Chapter Two awards banquet on June 21 at the Seminole Golf Club in Tallahassee.
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  • Congratulations to Field Training Coordinator Eric Buff from the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was chosen as the Employee of the Month for the month of April by the Office of Detention Services South Region.
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  • Congratulations to Ken Mason for being named Agency IT Professional of the Year at the 2018 Florida Digital Government Summit!
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  • Chief of Staff Fred Schuknecht, Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services Alice Sims and a host of DJJ team members attended the 33rd National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community earlier this month in Jacksonville.
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  • Chief of Staff Fred Schuknecht and Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services Alice Sims attended the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (FCCD) quarterly board meeting in Tampa on May 18-19.
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  • Congratulations to Sargent Costarica Jose from the Hillsborough West Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named the facility’s Employee of the Month for the month of April.
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  • Congratulations to Major Steve Owens from the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was recently recognized by the Miami-Dade School Police Department for his assistance during Hurricane Irma.
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  • Congratulations to Juvenile Detention Officer Kevin Johnson from the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named the facility’s Officer of the Month for the month of March.
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  • Last Tuesday, Chief of Research and Data Integrity Mark Greenwald and I toured and attended a reception at the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS) in Tavernier.
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