DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Tim Bottcher
September 27, 2007  

Department of Children and Families Announces
New Leadership in Central Florida

- William "Bill" D'Aiuto named Circuit 5 Administrator -

ORLANDO- Department of Children and Families Central Region Director John Cooper today announced an agency veteran to lead a five-county area in Central Florida. William "Bill" D'Aiuto, who worked his way through Department ranks over a 14-year career, has been appointed Circuit 5 Administrator. Circuit 5 is comprised of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties and is headquartered in Wildwood.

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 Circuit 5 Administrator, D'Aiuto will oversee all services provided to Children and Families' clients located in the area.

"Bill is a natural fit for this position," Cooper said. "He not only has the necessary experience and commitment to lead, he is deeply rooted in the communities he serves with Circuit 5. Simply put, he is the best person for this job."

The appointment is the latest achievement for D'Aiuto, who has spent his entire professional life with the Department and who grew up in the area. D'Aiuto most recently served as Acting District Manager for Support Services, a key administrative position in Circuit 5. His resume includes leadership positions in the Florida ACCESS (public assistance), child welfare and adult protective services programs. D'Aiuto signed on with the Department while still in college in 1993. He has spent nearly his entire career serving Circuit 5 in Wildwood and other locations.

"It is both an honor and a privilege to be leading Circuit 5," D'Aiuto said. "I'm grateful for the confidence Secretary Butterworth and Director Cooper have shown in me, and I look forward to working with the 400 dedicated professionals here in serving our communities." D'Aiuto holds both bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Central Florida. He lives in Silver Springs with his wife Kandice and their four children.


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