Two months after she was picked by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Department of Juvenile Justice, a Senate panel on Monday voted to support Simone Marstiller’s confirmation.
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously backed Marstiller, a former appellate judge and veteran of ex-Gov. Jeb Bush’s administration who said she wants to focus on prevention while leading the department.
“I have a vision for the agency,” Marstiller said. “I want to make sure that we continue to do what we are doing and increase prevention and make sure that we are providing the right combination of services to the children that we serve.”
While Marstiller did not go into detail about goals she has for the agency, she shared with senators that she is committed to ensuring the agency’s decision are backed by data.
“Everything we do, every decision we make, will be data driven. I see no reason to change that,” Marstiller said.
Before being picked by DeSantis as DJJ secretary, Marstiller worked for the Gunster law firm. Before that, she was a judge on the 1st District Court of Appeal and held jobs in the Bush administration.
DeSantis’ choices to lead most state agencies require Senate confirmation.