DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

September 21, 2007 (850) 595-8215

Children and Families Announces New Leadership in Pensacola Area

~ Region Director Walt Cook Appoints Janice Thomas to Circuit Administrator ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -Florida Department of Children and Families Northwest Region Director Walt Cook announced today the appointment of Janice Thomas to the position of Circuit Administrator, serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

In accordance with the passage of Senate Bill 1394, the Department is restructuring into five regional offices which will provide support to 20 Department circuits. As administrator of the 1st Circuit, Thomas is tasked with overseeing all services provided to Children and Families' clients located in the area.

"Janice is an outstanding and dedicated public servant who was has spent her entire career caring for Florida's most vulnerable." said Cook. "Her appointment is great news for Circuit 1 and the citizens it serves."

Thomas spent the last several months serving as acting Circuit Administrator, stepping in for Walt Cook following his appointment to Region Director. Prior to serving as acting administrator, Thomas was operations administrator for then District 1 overseeing several programs and services including Protective Investigations, ACCESS Florida (the state's public assistance program), and Adult Services. She also served as family safety program manager for the Department's former Panhandle Zone.

Thomas has served Florida's children and families for nearly 30 years. She joined the agency in 1978 when it was known as the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Her previous responsibilities within the Department include hands-on experience as a child protective investigator, adult protective investigator, and family services counselor, as well as an eligibility specialist for the Department's public assistance program.

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families, visit www.state.fl.us/cf_web/.


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