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Former Rep. Barreiro would "love" DJJ job



Gus Former state Rep. Gus Barreiro - one of the earliest and most vocal critics of the beating of Martin Lee Anderson - expressed months ago that he would like to work in the Department of Juvenile Justice. Now it seems at least a possibility.

Barreiro told the Buzz Tuesday night that he's talked with the Charlie Crist team, though he was cautious to elaborate.

"Everybody knows that I would love the opportunity to play a major role in that department," the Miami Beach Republican said. "I’m very confident that Gov-elect Crist will make the right decision at the end of the day, and I will support any decision he makes."

Current DJJ secretary Anthony Schembri was asked Tuesday how the case would affect his reputation. "If you look at some of the things we've done, we've done a lot of marvelous things. I just got a grant of close to $3-million to do some groundbreaking research. I think we're doing great things and we're holding people accountable. We cooperated with the prosecutor, and I'm happy about it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:41am]


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