Gov. Scott Announces Mike Carroll as Interim Secretary of the Department of Children and Families

During a visit with child protective investigators in Jacksonville today, Governor Rick Scott announced Mike Carroll as the new Interim Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. Mike is the current SunCoast Regional Manager and will transition into the new role at the end of the week as Esther Jacobo’s last day as Interim Secretary will be Friday.

Governor Scott said, “For the last nine months, Esther has been a tireless advocate for Florida’s children, and I want to thank her for her service. Mike has demonstrated his passion for the department’s important work. My office consulted with children services and law enforcement stakeholders, and community leaders to identify the next DCF leader that will best protect Florida’s youth, and today’s announcement is a result of that outreach. I have confidence the transition from Esther to Mike will be a smooth one and he will continue implementing the solutions that came from DCF’s recent partnership with Casey Family Programs without missing a step.”

“It became very clear to me early in my tenure as Interim Secretary that Governor Scott not only was willing to do what is right for the vulnerable and at-risk children of our state, but that he insisted upon it,” said DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. “He demonstrates that with his wise choice of Mike Carroll as the department’s next leader, ensuring that the dedicated public servants of this department and the children and families we serve are in very good hands.”

“I have been a part of this department for more than 24 years because the work is rewarding and the commitment of my colleagues doing the work inspires me,” said Mike Carroll, DCF’s newly appointed Interim Secretary. “I am both honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to lead this great team and to continue the important initiatives that the Governor and Esther have launched to empower the department to more effectively carry out its mission.”


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