Personnel note: At Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Christy Dale named Dep. Secretary; J. Alex Kelly to be chief of staff

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The Department of Juvenile Justice on Monday announced several top-level staff changes. Chief of Staff Christy Daly was appointed deputy secretary, to replace Robert Woody, who is retiring Aug. 31. “I am deeply grateful to Robert’s loyal service as deputy secretary since last year and wish him the best in his retirement,” said Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters. “Christy has been a vital member of the (top leadership team at DJJ) since her appointment as chief of staff in January 2011 and she has done much to promote our reform agenda with the Legislature and key stakeholders.” Daly has also worked as the agency’s legislative affairs director, among other roles at the department. From 2001 to 2007 she worked in various positions at the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, where she led the statewide implementation of the renowned Safe Place program. Daly has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University.

With Daly’s promotion J. Alex Kelly becomes chief of staff at DJJ. Kelly has been staff director of the House Redistricting Committee and before that was chief analyst for the House Select Policy Council on Strategic and Economic Planning. He’s also served as an analyst in the House Majority Office and legislative affairs director at the Florida Department of Corrections (2007-08) and Department of Elder Affairs (2005-07). He was also an aide to former state Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, and former Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. He starts Sept. 10.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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