DC Secretary Crosby is asked to resign; he is later convicted of accepting kickbacks and is sent to federal prison
On February 10th Governor Jeb Bush asks for, and receives, the resignation of James V. Crosby, Jr., the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Crosby would later be convicted of accepting $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor who provides snacks to the prison visiting park canteens, and he is sentenced to eight years in federal prison. His partner in crime, former Regional Director Allen Clark, would get 31 months in federal prison for the same crime. Clark’s sentence was more lenient because he had cooperated with authorities and willingly taped conversations with his former friend and employer, which were then used to help prosecute Crosby.
Governor Bush names Colonel James R. McDonough Interim Secretary
Governor Bush immediately names Colonel (Ret.) James R. McDonough as Interim Secretary. Prior to this appointment, McDonough served as Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control, and from 1996 to 1999 he was Director of Strategy for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the White House agency that leads the nation’s efforts to reduce drug abuse and its consequences.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Military Academy, McDonough concluded his extensive Army career with assignments in Africa (Rwanda, Zaire, and Uganda) and the Balkans (Bosnia). During his military career, he was awarded three Bronze Stars (one for valor), the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Medal, among others. He also served as an associate professor of political science and international affairs at the U.S. Military Academy, as an analyst with the Defense Nuclear Agency, and as a detailee with the U.S. State Department.
Click here for a list of accomplishments during McDonough's tenure as Secretary.