DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

February 29, 2008 (850) 488-4855

Department of Children and Families Announces New Leadership
~ Public Safety Expert William "Jack" Sidoran Appointed Circuit 18 Administrator ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth announced today that former Brevard County Public Schools Director of Public Safety William "Jack" Sidoran will step in as the Department's Circuit 18 Administrator. Circuit 18 headquarters is located in Sanford and serves Brevard and Seminole counties. Sidoran replaces Alan Abramowitz who left the area to serve as the Regional Director of the Department's Southern Region.

"Jack brings 40 years of commitment to public safety and education to his post as Circuit Administrator," said Butterworth. "I am confident his leadership will bring continued success to Brevard and Seminole counties and our many community partners in the area working to serve families and children in need."

"Jack has proven his ability and commitment as a leader," said Department Central Region Director John Cooper. "He brings an array of experience to this post and I look forward to working alongside such an upstanding individual."

The recent appointment is one of Sidoran's many achievements. He previously served as a municipal and county Chief of Police in various jurisdictions throughout the southeast. He proudly served on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Missing Children Information Clearing House Advisory Board, is a certified safe schools instructor, and a graduate of Leadership Brevard. He has worked tirelessly to improve coordination and education for law enforcement personnel and community partners. He has seen statewide recognition for his efforts in public relations and crime prevention.

"I am humbled and honored to serve as Circuit 18 Administrator and I look forward to joining John's admirable team," Sidoran said. "I strongly believe in the importance of inter-departmental relationships and I pledge to continue to reach out to our partners in the community so we can all succeed in protecting vulnerable Floridians."

Sidoran earned his Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University as well as a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Florida International University. He has been in law enforcement for over 40 years and served as Director of Public Safety for the Brevard Public School District for 8 years.

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families, visit www.state.fl.us/cf_web/.


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