Office of the Secretary

Secretary Mike Carroll


Secretary Mike Carroll has devoted his entire state career of more than 25 years serving the Florida Department of Children and Families. During his tenure, he has driven numerous improvements to the way Florida serves and protects vulnerable children and families, and is recognized as a skilled organizational and systems assessor.

Most recently, he led the largest Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, administering the federal program at 50 different sites throughout Florida and providing emergency assistance to more than 1.1 million families after Hurricane Irma in 2017. He hired Florida’s first Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare and first Child Fatality Prevention Specialist. Over the last two years, he has lead partnerships with child welfare analytics experts to develop a predictive analytics model that will help investigators more quickly identify chronic perpetrators of child abuse. Mr. Carroll oversaw an in-depth review of the state’s mental health treatment facilities and behavioral health system and implemented a one hospital initiative to improve safety and services at the three state-operated facilities.

Prior to being named Secretary, he served four years as the Regional Managing Director and six years as Director of Programs for the 11-county SunCoast Region spanning from Pasco to Collier County. As Regional Managing Director, Mr. Carroll was integral in the regional implementation of the Managing Entity concept in substance abuse and mental health, the transition to a community-based system of care in child welfare, and a redesign of the economic self-sufficiency program. His previous management experience includes foster care and child care licensing, strategic planning, quality assurance, economic self-sufficiency eligibility programs, and special programs including one focused on reintegrating ex-felons into the community.

Mr. Carroll has served on the Florida Sterling Board of Examiners for nearly 20 years, and is a judge for the Governor’s Sterling Award process. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston College and is a Certified Public Manager.

Mr. Carroll has two children, Samantha and Jason. He is active in his local community and has been a dynamic youth football coach and mentor for more than 25 years.