Walt McNeil named DOC secretary

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 10:05 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Juvenile Justice Secretary Walt McNeil was named Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Crist to head the state's adult prison system.

McNeil, 52, will take over as the Corrections Department's secretary following the resignation of Jim McDonough, an appointee of former Gov. Jeb Bush who stayed over in the post for a year at the request of Crist.

McDonough has said he has cleaned out most of the upper level corruption that he was brought in by Bush to deal with and simply now wanted to pursue other interests. McDonough's predecessor, James Crosby, was indicted in a kickback scheme.

McNeil, a Democrat, has been in charge of the Department of Juvenile Justice since January 2007. Before that, he was police chief in Tallahassee. There, he rose through the ranks after beginning as a street police officer in 1979. He has also served as vice president of the International Association of Police Chiefs.

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