Miami-Dade County

DCF’s interim boss gets the permanent job

After months carrying the “interim” tag, Mike Carroll is now the full-fledged secretary of the Florida Department of Children & Families.
After months carrying the “interim” tag, Mike Carroll is now the full-fledged secretary of the Florida Department of Children & Families. Florida Department of Children & Families

Mike Carroll, a 25-year veteran of the state’s child welfare system, has a new title: permanent secretary.

Carroll, whose last posting had been as the director of the Department of Children & Families’ Tampa Bay region, was named interim DCF secretary in April, when then-interim Secretary Esther Jacobo left to become chief of staff for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle. Jacobo had led DCF for about eight months, and had been scheduled to depart at the close of the state’s annual lawmaking session.

In his quarter-century with DCF, Carroll has managed a host of agency programs, including alcohol and drug abuse, child welfare, mental health, and elder welfare. His stint as the agency’s Suncoast Region director included oversight of programs in 11 Central Florida counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Collier and Manatee.

“Since April, Mike Carroll has provided strong leadership at DCF,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a prepared statement. “With over two decades of faithful service to Florida families, I am confident he will be an excellent DCF secretary. He brings a common sense approach to the services the agency provides, and he has a passion for serving Florida’s most vulnerable children.”

Said Carroll: “It is an honor to be named the secretary of [DCF] today. I am committed to our agency’s mission that every Florida child can live in a healthy and safe home. We will continue to find ways to accomplish this goal and serve Florida families better each and every day.”

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