(Source: The Buzz Florida Politics, www.tampabay.com)
Living up to his outsider image and keeping in line with his plan to reduce wasteful spending, Governor-elect Rick Scott turned to a fellow Tallahassee outsider with a long and successful track record of improving agency operations while simultaneously lowering the burden placed on taxpayers to run the state’s prison system.
Gov.-elect Scott, who appointed Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Edwin G. Buss to head the Florida Department of Corrections, said Florida was fortunate to land such an experienced reformer who was being coveted nationwide.
“I am grateful that Ed Buss is coming to Tallahassee to help me change the way the Department of Corrections does business here in Florida,” said Scott. “I know he is ready to get-to-work to ensure our prisons operate most efficiently and cost-effectively.”
Scott specifically highlighted Buss’s impressive credentials, which include drastically reducing wasteful spending across his state agency, negotiating the nation’s lowest medical per diem rate, and leveraging public/private partnerships to deliver heightened services at a fraction of the cost.
Scott also noted that Buss, who served as a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ cabinet, has proven his ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance government’s services.
Scott noted that under Buss’s leadership, Indiana found a way to house 40 percent more inmates without additional construction and at a dramatically lower cost per inmate.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels also congratulated Governor-elect Rick Scott for his selection of Ed Buss to run Florida’s prison system.
“Given the transformation and pro-taxpayer improvements of the last few years, it was inevitable that other states would come after top talent like Ed Buss. He was actively pursued by several new governors. Congratulations to Governor-elect Scott for winning the sweepstakes," said Governor Daniels.
About Edwin G. Buss:
Buss brings to Florida nearly twenty-four years of hands-on experience in corrections, emergency response, public safety, supervision and budgeting. As Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections and a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ cabinet, Buss was responsible for over 7,500 employees, 26,000 inmates, 10,000 parolees throughout the state’s corrections facilities. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Buss served as Superintendent of two Indiana prisons where he refined Death Row and execution procedures, implemented accountability metrics and implemented a safe prison initiative. Throughout his career, Buss has been successful in implementing innovative policies that improve operations while reducing wasteful spending.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
As you know, we lost one of our shining stars on Wednesday, February 2, when Holmes CI Colonel Greg Malloy was killed during an exchange of gunfire with a suspected killer that he and his K-9 team were pursuing with local law enforcement. One of our other K-9 officers, CO Arthur Teal, was also injured, but has since been released from the hospital.
Colonel Malloy rose quickly through the Department’s ranks, beginning in 1988 as a CO at Okaloosa CI and Work Camp, where he worked his way up to Lieutenant. From there he was promoted to Captain at Washington CI in 2007, then Major at Tomoka CI Work Camp before returning home to his roots in the Panhandle when he was promoted to Colonel at Holmes CI in July 2010.
He had recently completed the Department’s Leadership Succession of Command Training. In a survey from that class, he credited his mother and father for instilling in him good values and a strong work ethic. He was close to his family, particularly his daughter, whom he adored. He made sure he attended as many of her sporting events as possible, even the out-of-town games. One colleague said simply, “She was his heart.”
Recently-retired Mary Ellen Dayan was the Warden at Holmes CI when Greg was promoted to Colonel. She tells this story.
“From the day he arrived at Holmes C.I., it was obvious that Greg was strongly committed to staff. He came to work in the early morning hours and visited with midnight staff every day. He stood inside the gate every morning and afternoon so he could greet staff members coming on duty or leaving for home. He convinced other Department Heads in medical, education, maintenance, etc., to stand with him on different days. Line staff became used to having a chance to speak with him each day or just to say ‘hi’ and he had a remark or kind word for every one of them. I spoke with many staff at Holmes (the morning after his death) and they said the hardest thing for them was walking through the gate knowing the Colonel was not there. Many had to sort of regroup before walking in.” she said.
Current Holmes CI Warden John Whitfield spoke with Greg before he left the institution to assist his K-9 Unit. He relayed these thoughts about Greg’s character and attitude.
“Greg Malloy was one of the finest men I’ve been honored to know. It did not take long after I met him to realize that his character and integrity were unimpeachable. He loved his family, his career, the people he worked with and the Florida Department of Corrections. Greg did not have to be where he was Wednesday morning, but he felt so strongly about his mission to protect the citizens of Holmes County and the people that he worked with that he insisted on going. How many Colonels go on K-9 runs? Normally it is a Lieutenant or Captain. We got the call that morning from the Holmes Count S.O. that double murder suspect Wade Williams had been located and had shot a citizen and they were requesting K-9 assistance. Colonel Malloy came to my office with his fatigues under his arm and said “Boss, I’ve got to go with them, this is a dangerous run and they’re my men and I need to be with them. We’ve got to get Williams locked up before he kills someone else.” Normally a Colonel doesn’t tell the Warden what he is going to do, but that is how strongly he felt about his responsibility to his men on that day. Having been a former K-9 Officer and K-9 Sergeant, he knew they could benefit from his experience. The K-9 team members said that as they ran the track they could tell from the dogs’ actions they were very close to the subject and that Colonel Malloy was constantly giving them advice trying to protect them. Colonel Greg Malloy gave the ultimate sacrifice trying to protect the men he loved and felt responsible for. I will never forget my time on earth with a true HERO: Greg Malloy.”
Greg’s fellow K-9 team members said they not only lost their Colonel this week, they lost their friend. An institution lost a leader, and a mentor. A daughter lost her loving father. A family lost their brother, and son. This Department lost one of its shining stars. And the state of Florida lost an outstanding public servant, and an honest-to-God hero.
A Correctional Officer holds a program at Colonel Malloy’s funeral.
Photo by the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Colonel Greg Malloy
Through the efforts of Florida Department of Corrections employees via fundraisers, a statewide "Casual Day" and the efforts of our Corrections Foundation, a total of $41,786 was collected for the family of fallen CO Col. Greg Malloy. His name was etched into the Memorial for Fallen Officers at Wakulla Training Center (recently renamed the Harry K. Singletary, Jr., Training Academy) in April 2011.
|The Department makes its first tweet via Twitter on February 7, 2011: “Operation Safe Child Targets Sex Offenders During Sweep, Nets 26 Arrests.”|
|The Department launches its Facebook page on April 28, 2011 with this post: “9 County Law Enforcement Strike Team Targets Gang and Violent Offenders.”|
April 28, 2011 - Tallahassee Road Prison, which opened in 1940, closes. The only remaining road prisons in the state are: Largo, Big Pine Key, Loxahatchee and Arcadia road prisons.
June 10, 2011 - Hendry Correctional Institution, which opened in 1979, closes.
June 24, 2011 - Brevard Correctional Institution, which opened in 1978, closes. It was a prison for youthful offenders at the time.
On August 24, 2011, Secretary Edwin Buss resigned as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. A statement from the Governor’s Offices said "Differences in philosophy and management styles arose which made the separation in the best interests of the state.” During Buss’s seven months on the job he made a number of changes, including implementing a smoking ban in the prisons for inmates and staff, closing and consolidating prisons including Hendry and Brevard CI, piloting a 12-hour shift for Correctional Officers, creating dorms specifically for inmates who are veterans and resurrecting the Computers for Kids program at two prisons to benefit communities and non-profits.
That same day, Governor Rick Scott named Kenneth S. Tucker as the new Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Tucker was previously Deputy Commissioner at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), where he had worked since 1983. He is a 34-year law enforcement veteran who brings significant experience and leadership to his position as Secretary of Corrections. At FDLE, Tucker was responsible for providing overall agency management and policy direction for law enforcement operations statewide. He oversaw the seven Regional Operations Centers, Investigations and Forensic Sciences Program Office, Forensic Services, and Field Services.
He also held various management positions at FDLE including Special Agent Supervisor, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, and Special Agent in Charge of the Jacksonville Regional Operations Center.
He began his law enforcement career with the Daytona Beach Police Department in 1977 after completing three years of military service. Secretary Tucker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Secretary Tucker is also a past President of the Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Executives Association.
Kenneth S. Tucker
Manuel Valle, who was convicted for the 1978 murder of Coral Gables Police officer Louis Pena during a traffic stop, is executed on September 28, 2011. He had been on death row for more than three decades.
Manuel Valle's mugshot
Oba Chandler, who was convicted for the 1989 murders of an Ohio mother, Joan Rogers, and her two daughters, Michelle and Christe, who were vacationing in the Tampa area, is executed on November 15, 2011. He had been on death row since November 1994.
Oba Chandler's mugshot