State corrections chief resigning

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 4:59 p.m.

The head of the Florida Department of Corrections is leaving the job.

James McDonough, 61, who was appointed in February, 2006 amidst a kickback

scandal, will resign on Thursday according to sources in the Department of

Corrections and Governor's Office.

McDonough replaced James Crosby as secretary following years of state and

federal investigations. Crosby subsequently pleaded guilty to accepting

kickbacks and is serving an eight-year federal prison sentence.

Before taking over the prisons, McDonough served as the state's drug czar

for both of Jeb Bush's two terms as governor. His prior career was as an

Army officer who served in Vietnam and Bosnia.

During his tenure, McDonough fired dozens with close links to Crosby,

tightened the dress code, implemented new drug testing and physical fitness

programs for corrections officers and resurrected a drug detection program

using dogs.

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