After almost exactly two years on the job, Jerry Regier is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. Regier recently admitting awarding state contracts to close friends and also fired some of his top administrators for questionable contract deals.
Child advocates are wondering what’s next for the troubled agency.
Regier announced his resignation Monday afternoon after two years in which controversy overshadowed his accomplishments.
From the very beginning, Regier’s critics raised questions about his deep ties to the religious right and conservative views.
Adoption rates soared under Regier’s watch, but reports of sloppy casework, child deaths and abuse that could have been prevented plagued his tenure.
Then last month Regier admitted cozy relationships with state contractors. He wouldn’t specifically say that’s what led to his stepping down.
Frequent DCF critic Karen Gievers is no fan of Jerry Regier’s, but she did not celebrate his resignation.
This marks the second time on Jeb Bush’s watch his DCF Secretary has resigned under a cloud of controversy.
Jerry Regier will continue to lead the Department of Children and Families through what he calls “a transition period,” to give the governor time to name a new secretary.