I want to applaud Gov. Rick Scott on his appointment of Mike Carroll to the position of secretary of the Department of Children and Families. I have been professionally associated with child welfare organizations for 30 years, and Carroll is an ethical, engaged, progressive and innovative leader totally dedicated to the well-being of children and families.
Carroll has engaged the community to solve complicated and complex problems associated with children’s deaths and serious injuries, and realizes it takes an entire community to prevent both accidental and intentional events that lead to horrific damage to our children.
Carroll embraces “prevention” and streamlines “intervention.” His “no nonsense, all common sense” approach to solving problems will be a breath of fresh air to Tallahassee and the citizens of Florida.
The writer is executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.