Office of the Secretary
Secretary Julie Jones
Julie Jones was appointed by Governor Scott as the first female Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) on January 5, 2015. She has dedicated more than 35 years of public service and leadership to Florida and seen a decorated career in law enforcement and public safety.
As Secretary of FDC, Jones is responsible for the care and custody of over 96,000 inmates and the supervision of nearly 167,000 offenders in the community. She also oversees over 24,000 positions statewide and a budget of 2.4 billion dollars. During her time as Secretary, Jones has implemented a new strategic framework for the Department, focusing on inmate and offender rehabilitation and reductions in recidivism. She created the Office of Intelligence to combat contraband interdiction and crime, advocated for and received an increase in correctional officer base pay for recruitment and retention, and established a data driven culture designed to effectively deliver inmate programs.
Before joining the Department, Secretary Jones served as the Executive Director at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). As Executive Director of DHSMV, she was recognized for reenergizing and reorganizing the Department; creating a results based, fiscally responsible, accountability driven culture; and realigning the Florida Highway Patrol's command structure to increase the number of Troopers patrolling Florida's roads.
Prior to her service at DHSMV, she served as the first female Colonel of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She set policy for more than 900 Commission members as well as directed responses to civil disturbances, natural and manmade disasters, and other public safety emergencies, including search and rescue operations. She served as a FWC officer for 26 years.
Secretary Jones is a member of the Florida Sheriff's Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, American Correctional Association and Association of State Correctional Administrators. She has been recognized with awards including the Florida Wildlife Federation's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in 2003 and the Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in Managing the State's Fish and Wildlife Resources in 2009. She has also served as the Chairman of the Governor's Law Enforcement Consolidation Task Force.
Secretary Jones received both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology from Florida Atlantic University.