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Peterman is next DJJ Secretary



4217 Gov. Charlie Crist will announce Friday in St. Petersburg that he has picked the hometown state Rep. Frank Peterman, a Democrat, as the next secretary of the state Department of Juvenile Justice, The Buzz has learned.

Peterman, 45, is a juvenile justice program administrator and was recently appointed chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators. He would replace Walt McNeil, who has been appointed corrections secretary. Gov. Charlie Crist plans to announce the appointment in St. Petersburg Friday.

Peterman would be the third Democrat to hold a major agency appointment under the Republican governor, along with McNeil and child welfare secretary Bob Butterworth.

Rep. Mitch Needelman, who was a finalist for the job, got the news about 3:30 p.m. "If it wasn't going to be me, I can't think of a better person than Frank."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:09pm]


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