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McDonough stepping down as DOC chief



Mcdonough Florida Corrections Secretary Jim McDonough, who calmly restored stability to a mammoth agency tarnished by scandal two years ago, plans to leave as soon as his successor can be chosen, The St. Petersburg Times learned Wednesday. McDonough declined to comment.

A source familiar with DOC's inner workings says that he's eager to get on with the next stage of his life, one that does not involve matters like lethal injections of inmates, prison bed construction, supervising ex-offenders and the myriad other challenges of running the nation's third-largest prison operation. The source said at least two members of DOC's administration are being mentioned as possible successors: assistant secretary of institutions George Sapp and assistant secretary for community corrections Bruce Grant.

McDonough's interest in moving on is no secret in the Legislature. "He's tired," said Sen. Victor Crist, the Tampa Republican who oversees prison programs as chairman of a Senate budget committee. "It's not what he wanted to do, it's what he was asked to do." Crist called McDonough "selfless, diligent and fearless" -- just what the agency needed at the time former Gov. Jeb Bush installed him there in February 2006 as a scandal swallowed former Secretary James Crosby.    

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:14pm]


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