Cabinet Secretary for Department of Corrections
Julie Jones was the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, the third largest state system in the country and Florida’s largest state agency, from 2015 through 2018. Leading a department of more than 24,000 employees and with a budget of $2.5 billion, Jones oversaw the development of a new rehabilitative strategy, a reorganization of the department’s regional and central office structures, and established new fiscal standards and a recruitment and retention strategy. Jones was previously the executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, where she realigned the Florida Highway Patrol command structure to increase the number of troops patrolling Florida roadways and implemented multi-year financial modeling. Prior to that, Jones was the director of law enforcement at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She has a diverse background of professional science positions, as well, having served as a biologist at the state Game and Fish Commission and Department of Natural Resources prior to her law enforcement and correctional experience. Jones earned bachelor and master of science degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.
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