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Movers & Shakers: Former DOC secretary has a new gig

Former secretary of Florida’s Department of Corrections, Ken Tucker, now at U.S. Attorney’s Office

Ken Tucker, former secretary of state Department of Corrections, is in a new role as the Law Enforcement Coordination (LEC) Specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, managing the program’s northern district (from Gainesville to Pensacola).

One of Tucker’s priorities will be working on national security, terrorism and sharing information with federal, state and local enforcement agencies. He’ll be establishing task forces on issues like  school safety and he will also identify federal grants for law enforcement agencies..

"Mr. Tucker is a proven leader with over three decades of experience and knowledge in the field of criminal justice," U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh said in a press release. "Implementing effective crime prevention and law enforcement strategies is a priority for the Department of Justice, and I am confident that he will be an invaluable contributor to these efforts."  

Before his job at the Department of Corrections, Tucker was assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; he was at FDLE from 1983 to 2011. He began his law enforcement career with the Daytona Beach police department after completing three years in the military.

Lobbyist opens new governmental affairs firm

Longtime lobbyist and former healthcare executive Jon B. Rawlson today announced he’s launching a new governmental affairs firm, Armory Hill Advocates, with locations in Tallahassee and Orlando.

Rawlson, who served on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, will focus on healthcare and nonprofit clients “making less than $300 million per year” in Florida and Washington, D.C.

"Our expert knowledge and experience in government affairs, public policy, and community engagement is unmatched," Rawlson said in a prepared statement. 

Before his years with Akerman Senterfitt, Rawlson led federal and state government relations at PharMerica, then AmerisourceBergen’s long-term care subsidiary. 

In 2001, Rawlson was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and he was chairman for three of the nine years he was on the council.

Head of Independent Colleges and Universities appointed to national role

Ed Moore, president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), will serve as the 2013 chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives.

Moore will continue in his position at the ICUF while serving as the head of the national advocacy group. 

Moore stated in a press release: “It is a privilege to be the leader of an association which often serves as the united voice of independent higher education in the U.S. I look forward to continuing a nationwide conversation as we face higher education challenges together and collaborate with our state counterparts.”

The ICUF is an association of 31 private, nonprofit educational institutions based in Florida serving more than 150,000 students.

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Rochelle Koff, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau