DCF Names New Northeast Regional Managing Director

For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2015

John Harrell
Northeast Region Communications Director

DCF Names New Northeast Regional Managing Director
Patricia Medlock brings nearly 20 years of child welfare experience to the Region

TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) named Patricia Medlock, a 17 year child welfare veteran, to serve as the Regional Managing Director for the department’s Northeast Region. Medlock, who has served as the Interim Regional Managing Director since September 2015, will continue to oversee all DCF operations and programs within a 20-county area, including the metropolitan areas of Jacksonville, Gainesville and Daytona Beach.

 “Pattie is an asset to the DCF team and I am proud that she has assumed the role of Regional Managing Director for the Northeast Region,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “Her dedication, experience and knowledge of the department’s programs will serve children, families and all vulnerable Floridians in the area.”

Medlock said, “I am honored and proud to lead our team of employees in the Northeast Region.  From having worked directly with our hardworking professionals over the past 17 years, I have seen firsthand how dedicated they are to helping children and families in need.  Our mission is to provide the best possible results for those we serve, and we will accomplish this through our strong partnerships and collaborations within our agency and communities.  I appreciate the trust that Secretary Carroll has shown in me, and I look forward to a new period of achievements and accomplishments in the region.”

Medlock began her career at DCF in 1998 as a child protective investigator, and advanced through multiple roles in the child welfare system. Prior to serving as Interim Regional Managing Director, Medlock served as the region’s Family and Community Services Director.  She has received professional accolades for her work, including the Child Welfare award in May 2011 for the Transitional Trauma Therapist Program development. She also graduated from the Child Welfare Leadership Program in 2006. Medlock holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.

Pattie’s appointment is effective immediately.