The keynote speaker for Justice Summit V will be Julie Jones. Jones was appointed by Governor Scott as Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections on January 5, 2015. Before joining the Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Jones served as the Executive Director at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). As Executive Director of DHSMV, she was recognized for reenergizing and reorganizing the Department; creating a results based, fiscally responsible, accountability driven culture and realigning the Florida Highway Patrol’s command structure to increase the number of Troops patrolling Florida’s roads. Before this, she served as Colonel at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where she was responsible for setting policy for more than 900 members; planned, directed and organized Commission law enforcement response to protect the state’s natural resources, civil disturbances, natural and manmade disasters, mass migration, dangerous wildlife escapes and other public safety emergencies, including search and rescue operations with aircraft, vessels and specialized vehicles, to protect human life and property.
Secretary Jones is a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Florida Sheriff’s Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, American Correctional Association and Association of State Correctional Administrators. She served as the Chairman of the Governor’s Law Enforcement Consolidation Task Force. Secretary Jones has been recognized with awards including Florida Wildlife Federation, Law Enforcement of the Year, 2003, and Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in Managing the State’s Fish and Wildlife Resources, 2009.
Secretary Jones received both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Florida Atlantic University.