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Secretary's Messages


  • 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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  • Congratulations to Circuit 13 Senior Juvenile Probation Officer Donna Oliver who was named the Office of Probation’s Employee of the Quarter for the Central Region during a recent circuit wide meeting.
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  • Please join me in congratulating Jeffery Williams who was named superintendent for the Pasco Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC).
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  • Congratulations to Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO) Jamese Edwards with the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named DJJ’s Statewide Employee of the Month.
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  • Congratulations to Juvenile Detention Officer Supervisor Ikea Smith from the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named the Employee of the Quarter for the Central Region of Detention Services.
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  • Congratulations and best wishes to North Regional Director for the Office of Probation andCommunity Intervention Jill Clemens who will soon be retiring after 29 years of dedicated service to the state of Florida.
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  • Last week, Director of Administration Vickie Harris hosted a breakfast to honor those DJJ staff members who were instrumental in assessing and repairing the damages in the field left behind in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
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  • Last week, I was excited to take part in a presentation of checks from the Youth Work Experience Program. The Florida Department of Transportation’s Youth Work Experience Program provides an opportunity for young men and women to obtain public service work and training experience that promotes participation in community enhancement projects.
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  • It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Circuit 18 Juvenile Probation Officer Corey Henley. JPO Henley began working with our agency in August of last year and worked mostly with youth in foster care.
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  • On February 25, many of our DJJ headquarters staff teamed up with me, State Representative Ramon Alexander and Living Stones International to host a Farm Share event at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee.
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  • Congratulations to Corporal Joyce Dix from the Alachua Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who retired from the agency after thirty years of dedicated service to the state of Florida.
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  • Last Wednesday, I had the great honor to join Assistant Secretary for Prevention Alice Sims and President and CEO of the PACE Center for Girls Mary Marx for the kickoff rally for the annual PACE Center for Girls Day at the Capitol.
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  • Congratulations go to Rhonda Hartwell who was recently promoted to the position of superintendent of Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RDJC).
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  • As mentioned in last week’s letter, DJJ, along with our community partners, stakeholders and providers, celebrated Youth Success Day on January 23rd.
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