DCF Appoints New Northwest Regional Managing Director

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016
Media Contact: DaMonica Rivas, Northwest Region Communications Director, 850-590-6649

DCF Appoints New Northwest Regional Managing Director
Walter Sachs brings nearly 30 years of state government and military experience to the region

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Walter Sachs, a 27 year state government and United States Army veteran, joined the Florida Department of Children and Families as the Regional Managing Director for the Northwest Region. Sachs will oversee all DCF operations and programs within the 16-county area spanning from Jefferson to Escambia counties.

Sachs began his state government career with the formerly named Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services District 2 (currently Circuits 2 and 14) office in 1988. At HRS, and later at the Department of Juvenile Justice and DCF, Sachs was responsible for a variety of contracting, procurement, and administrative functions.

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to lead the dedicated and capable workforce of the Department of Children and Families Northwest Region. DCF is home to me,” said Sachs. “I am committed to supporting and advancing the DCF mission and the great work of the region’s nearly 800 staff members.  The best solutions and resources will come from involved stakeholders and communities, I look forward to developing the existing strengths of our committed partners and furthering our excellent systems of care.”

In 2012, Sachs served as the Deputy Program Director for DCF’s Office of Economic Self Sufficiency (ESS) leading the program’s procurement and contracting activities. The ESS Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash, and medical assistance for more than seven million individuals and families on the road to economic recovery.

Prior to Sachs’ appointment as the Regional Managing Director, he served as the Inspector General for the Department of Management Services responsible for the coordination of activities that promote accountability, integrity, and efficiency in government.

Sachs retired from the U.S. Army, Seventh Infantry Division, at the rank of Captain in 1986. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University.

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