New DJJ Head Appointed

Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed a new man to take over the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Tallahassee Police Chief Walt McNeil will become the new DJJ Secretary. He replaces Anthony Schembri, whom Crist chose not to reappoint because of his handling of the Martin Lee Anderson case.

Crist calls the Panama City boot camp incident one of the saddest and most tragic cases in Florida.

McNeil says his goal is to make sure it never happens again.

"I have seen the videos, as most of us, just about all of us have. I really don't have a position relative to what happened with respect to that. I understand right now that some of that's in litigation and I think we all understand that a life was lost and that's something that's tragic, particularly when it's a child that's lost in a custody situation, and certainly we're going to do everything we can do in the Department of Juvenile Justice to make sure that we prevent those kinds of things from occurring in the future."

McNeil's appointment is subject to approval by the Florida Senate.


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