Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll is leaving the agency effective Sept. 6.
Carroll has served at DCF and its predecessor, the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, since January 1990.
Carroll has ties to the Tampa Bay area, previously serving as managing director of DCF’s Suncoast region, which covers 11 local counties.
Carroll is the longest serving DCF secretary in the department’s history, holding that role since 2014.
“Mike embodies the ideals and mission of the Department of Children and Families and has devoted nearly three decades to improve and change the lives of Florida’s vulnerable children and families,” Scott said in a statement. “Mike’s tenure as secretary is the longest in DCF’s 21-year history. Throughout his career, Mike has focused on innovative solutions to complicated problems, finding ways to enable better outcomes for children and families.”
The governor's statement says plans for a replacement will be coming soon.