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Our conduct will be professional and always place the public's interest above self-interest. We will avoid any appearance of impropriety, prejudice, threats, favoritism, or undue influences. - DJJ Mission Statement

Wansley Walters became DJJ Secretary in December, 2010, replacing Frank Peterman.

To read complaints of child abuse or neglect click and other issues within the department, click  Bad Apples in DJJ?

Walters can be contacted by:
  Cell phone at 850-210-3815 and by
  E-mail at

For more information about the department click

08/19/08 Examining Zero Tolerance: A Summit on Florida’s Students - The Budget

02/01/07 Secretary Walt McNeil's address to Employees

Highlights from McNeil's open letter:
"...reach out to our stakeholders and communities in a spirit of inclusiveness and collaboration."
"As Governor Crist so eloquently has stated, this is the people's work, and we are public servants first and foremost."
"We will abide by the principles and laws of open government..."
"...we will be successful only if we work cooperatively with providers, parents, advocacy groups, citizens, local and
     state agencies..."
"I welcome your ideas on ways to encourage local citizen interaction..."