For Immediate Release
July 10, 2001
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Tallahassee - Secretary Michael Moore today announced his appointment of Mr. Richard Dugger, a 35-year corrections veteran, to the position of Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Mr. Dugger has an extensive background in corrections, beginning in 1964 as a Correctional Officer. Mr. Dugger held various positions throughout his career from Classification Officer, Classification Supervisor, Assistant Superintendent to Superintendent. He served as Secretary of Corrections from 1987 to 1991. He was appointed Deputy Director of Institutions in June 1999, and Director of Institutions in August 2000.
"I have worked with Richard for the past two years and know his abilities. He is a strong member of my team and is the best person to fill this position," said Secretary Moore in announcing the appointment. "I have all the confidence in the world in him and know that he will serve Florida well, as he always has."
"Richard Dugger is loved, admired and respected by officers all over the state," said Marta Villacorta, Regional Director. "He is the perfect choice."
"Mr. Dugger has an in-depth knowledge of the operation of the Florida Department of Corrections. He has demonstrated his willingness to work for the betterment of the Department through his years of dedicated service to the Department and its employees. I believe his leadership and management skills will greatly enhance the implementation of policy and procedures necessary for the continued positive development of corrections in Florida," said Warden David Pridgen.
Warden Chester Lambdin added, "I think the selection of Richard Dugger as Deputy Secretary will be a tremendous asset to the Department. His vast experience, integrity and leadership ability will serve the department well."
Joyce Haley, Regional Director joined in the praise of Mr. Dugger adding, "His appointment demonstrates Governor Bush's and Secretary Moore's desire for Florida to remain the leader in corrections throughout the country. His knowledge, leadership and human kindness make him an outstanding choice for Deputy Secretary. He is a true professional in the field of corrections."