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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
June 8, 2006
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Key Appointments at the
Florida Department of Corrections
Secretary McDonough Names Chief of Staff and Inspector General

Tallahassee - Rounding out his leadership team, Corrections Secretary James R. McDonough today announced the promotion of two Department veterans into key positions.

Richard Prudom, Chief of Staff - Currently serving as Deputy Director of Administration, Richard Prudom will assume the duties of Chief of Staff on June 19.

Prudom graduated with honors from the University of Kent at Canterbury in Kent, England. He served as Chief Analyst in the Executive Office of the Governor in 1996. During his 19 years with the Department of Corrections, he has directed, planned, organized and supervised the Department's budget, finance, accounting, procurement, human resources and contract management services.

"Mr. Prudom is an excellent manager who brings both passion and a wealth of institutional knowledge to this important position," said Secretary McDonough. "He has earned the respect of the DC staff, and I am confident he will excel in his new position."

Paul Decker, Inspector General - Currently serving as Warden at Okaloosa Correctional Institution, Paul Decker assumes the duties of Inspector General on June 19.

Decker received his Masters Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975. His career with the Department began at Florida State Prison, where he served as a Psychologist and developed the W-Wing Mental Health Program. During his unblemished 31 years of service, he has served as warden at Gainesville CI, Baker CI, Union CI, and Okaloosa CI. Other career highlights include: receiving a commendation from FBI Director William Sessions for assistance in the Theodore Bundy task force, aiding in the investigation and resolution of a major corruption case at the Gainesville Drug Treatment Center and coordination of the transport and security for inmate Danny Rolling's trial.

"Warden Decker's combination of integrity, experience and educational background will prove invaluable to the IG's Office," said Secretary McDonough. "He represents an outstanding combination of character and devotion to duty."

Secretary McDonough added, "I also want thank Millie Seay, who served as interim Chief of Staff and Walt Murphree, who served as interim Inspector General. They both have my highest gratitude and respect, and will remain key leaders on my team."

Seay, Director of Administration, has been with the Department since 10/11/04. Murphree, Deputy Inspector General, has been with the Department since 6/11/99. They will both continue to serve in these positions.

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