Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet are turning to a law enforcement veteran to be the interim commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Jerry Bailey was chosen Tuesday to replace Guy Tunnell, who resigned last month after criticism of his personal involvement into the investigation of a teenager's death. Martin Anderson had been roughed up by guards at a juvenile boot camp in Panama City which Tunnell founded.
Bailey has worked in two earlier Republican administrations. He has served as the inspector general of the Florida Department of Lottery since 1999 and has more than 30 years of law enforcement and investigative experience, including service as FDLE's deputy executive director, head of its criminal investigation and crime laboratories. He began his career as a North Carolina state trooper.
Bailey, who began his new duties immediately, will be paid $125,000.