State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush
Governor

Lucy D. Hadi
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brenda Brody
August 18, 2006 850-488-4855

DCF APPOINTS DISTRICT 13 ADMINISTRATOR

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy D. Hadi today announced the appointment of John K. Cooper as District 13 Administrator. Mr. Cooper will oversee district programs and operations in Citrus, Marion, Lake, Sumter and Hernando Counties defined as District 13 in the DCF organizational structure. Mr. Cooper will assume his new duties on August 25 2006.

"John's extensive experience with the department makes him the ideal choice to step into this position," said Secretary Hadi. "He has the knowledge base and leadership necessary to make the transition a smooth one."

Mr. Cooper has a great deal of experience in both program and operational aspects of the department. In his previous position as District Operations Administrator in District 7, which includes Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, Cooper was responsible for the management and operations of all program areas including Family Safety, Adult Services and Child Care Licensing. In addition, Mr. Cooper served on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.

Prior to his appointment as District Operations Administrator, Mr. Cooper served as the Deputy Director of the Florida Abuse Hotline. In this position, Mr. Cooper was responsible for call center, telecommunications and information systems operations. As Deputy Director of the hotline, Mr. Cooper successfully instituted Florida's first statewide Investigative Support Unit.

From 1992 through 2002 Mr. Cooper served the department in several positions. Mr. Cooper first worked as Protective Investigator in Ft. Myers, for which he was recognized with several merit and achievement awards. Mr. Cooper then progressed to the position of Supervisor of Protective Investigations, in Ft. Myers, and then to the position of Senior Management Analyst Supervisor in Tallahassee.

Mr. Cooper served as a military police officer from 1983-1985 and earned a bachelor's of science in Criminology from Florida State University in 1988. Mr. Cooper currently resides in the Orlando area with his wife Evelyn and their three children.

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