New leader appointed to lead Fla. Dept. of Corrections

Florida Department of Corrections
Posted at 9:59 AM, Dec 17, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Corrections is under new management. Governor Rick Scott has appointed of Michael D. Crews as secretary of the Florida Department of Correction (DOC). Crews will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Secretary Ken Tucker.

“I am thankful for Secretary Tucker’s service. He humbly served our state for more than 25 years and his commitment and leadership will be missed,” Scott said.

The man who will now be leading the department, Crews, is not new to the leading the DOC. He has been the deputy secretary of the department since 2011. He also has nearly 30 years of experience in corrections and law enforcement. From 1986 – 2011, Crews served with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in various capacities, including the director of the professionalism program, the chief of bureau standards and the director of Florida’s Criminal Justice Executive Institute/ Leadership Center. Crews began his career with DOC where he was a probation and parole officer from 1986 to 1987 and correctional officer from 1984 to 1986.

Governor Scott said, “Throughout Michael’s impressive career, he has demonstrated an excellent understanding of law enforcement and a willingness to serve the citizens of Florida. I am confident Michael will lead the Department of Corrections with integrity, leadership, and with an understanding of our ultimate goal to keep Floridians safe.”