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 department’s development of a first-of-its kind website to allow public review of abuse-related child deaths, giving communities the ability to identify and bridge gaps in local services. He also hired the state’s first Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare and first Child Fatality Specialist, and oversaw an in-depth review of the state’s mental health treatment facilities and behavioral health system.

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 developed innovative and significant system models that were ultimately implemented statewide. He 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. Mr. Carroll has served in or managed almost every program the department oversees. 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.