Under a week away from taking over for Governor Rick Scott, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has made two new announcements, naming both the new Secretary of Juvenile Justice and the new Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Family.Respectively, Simon Marstiller and Chad Poppell will be heading the departments, and Governor-elect DeSantis praised both for the work they’ve done and the work they are about to achieve under his administration.
In a written statement, speaking on Marstiller, Governor-elect DeSantis commented that “Few people have the leadership experience and government expertise to match Simone Marstiller. Simone is among the most talented and experienced professionals that our state has to offer and I am proud to have her join the Administration as the secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s established an exceptional record of professional accomplishment and I look forward to working with her to further improve our state’s juvenile justice system.”
She is currently a counsel with Gunster, Yoakley, Stewart, P.A., and her practice areas includes appellate consulting and litigation, procurement, government affairs, ethics and elections. Prior to becoming a counsel, she served as the First District Court of Appeals as a judge for 6 years. In 2001, Marstiller also served as the assistant general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush.
Speaking on Poppell, DeSantis commented that “Chad Poppell is a dedicated public servant with a proven track record of achievement within the public sector. From his service at the Department of Economic Opportunity to his leadership at the Department of Management Services, Chad is the kind of leader who will be committed to strengthening Florida’s families and fighting for Florida’s children.”
Currently, Poppell is the IBM Industry client leader for Florida’s public sector, and it includes state and local government as well as K-12 and higher education. Prior to that, Poppell was the Secretary of the Department of Management Services.