DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
October 17, 2007 850-488-4855

Children and Families Secretary Announces New Leadership in Southwest Florida
~ Harriet A. Coleman to oversee Department operations in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth today named Harriet A. "Cookie" Coleman as the Department's Circuit 20 Administrator, effective October 17, 2007. Coleman has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, including 12 at upper management levels, and has done substantial work on cases involving missing, abused and exploited adults and children.

"We're very fortunate to have someone with Cookie's experience join our team and lead the effort to strengthen the Department's operations," said Secretary Butterworth. "Our employees and clients will benefit from her leadership, especially with her extensive background in law enforcement and her broad understanding of the challenges we face in southwest Florida."

Coleman worked at the Miami-Dade Police Department from 1972 to 2003 where she earned her way up to the rank of Major. In 2000, she was assigned to the Police Department's Domestic Crimes Bureau with responsibilities that included leading criminal investigations of child abuse/exploitation, domestic violence, elderly abuse/neglect/exploitation and missing persons. During that assignment, she also worked closely with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Children and Families in the coordination of Operation Safe Kids, a statewide effort to locate 393 missing children.

"I'm confident Cookie's leadership abilities and the team mentality she brings from her work in law enforcement will have a great impact on Circuit 20," said Suncoast Region Director Nick Cox. "And ultimately, that new attitude will lead to an increase in the quality and efficiency of our work to serve the area's most vulnerable children and families."

Upon her retirement from the police department in 2003, Coleman established her own consulting company in Naples, Florida, H&H Coleman Consulting, while also serving in an administrative and advisory position at Database Financial Services, a company specializing in long-term care insurance.

Coleman holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of South Florida and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Miami.


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