DOC Chief Ed Buss resigns

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Subject says it all.  First time I know of someone has been forced out for scheduling MSNBC’s Lock-Up.

Gov. Rick Scott’s office cites “differences in philosophy and management styles” between the secretary and the governor’s office. Buss will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ken Tucker.

Buss’ resignation comes after a meeting today with Gov. Rick Scott, reports the Orlando Sentinel, about recent problems in his department, including word that a prison privatization program passed by the Legislature would cost $24 million in vacation and other payments to currently employed prison guards. Scott’s office also canceled a contract with MSNBC to film episodes for its “Lockup” program in a North Florida prison and ordered the recall of invitations to bid for a privatized prison health contract amid concerns over the role of a consultant hired by Buss.

Here’s more about Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on June 2, 2006, and is a 34-year law enforcement veteran who brings significant experience and leadership to the position. As assistant commissioner Tucker has been responsible for providing overall agency management and policy direction for law enforcement operations statewide. He oversees the seven Regional Operations Centers, Investigations and Forensic Sciences Program Office, Forensic Services, and Field Services.

Assistant Commissioner Tucker joined FDLE in 1983 and has held various management positions including Special Agent Supervisor, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, and Special Agent in Charge of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Tucker served as Deputy Commissioner for a year and a half. He began his law enforcement career with the Daytona Beach Police Department in 1977 after completing three years of military service.

Assistant Commissioner Tucker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. AC Tucker is also a past President of the Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Executives Association.

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