DCF Remembers Former Secretary Lucy Hadi

For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2016

DCF Remembers Former Secretary Lucy Hadi

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Former Department of Children and Families Secretary Lucy Hadi passed away yesterday in Tallahassee. She served from 2004 to 2006 as the statewide leader of one of the nation’s largest social service agencies, formerly known as the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services which later transitioned to DCF.

“Those of us who had the pleasure of serving under Secretary Hadi remember her for her passion and commitment to outstanding service for our clients,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. “She was tough, but for all the right reasons. She pushed us hard because she felt we could always do better.”

While serving as DCF Secretary, Ms. Hadi focused on improving communication both inside and outside the agency, helping hurricane victims through counseling and other programs, and evaluating DCF's performance in more sophisticated ways.

Hadi said it was her vision that, “If at the end of the time that I'm here it can be said that we've improved our ability to be a good partner, we have improved outcomes for children and families and vulnerable adults, and that the staff of this organization is better prepared to lead . . . then I will feel honored and blessed.”

Hadi was a longtime Tallahassee resident. After graduating with bachelor’s and master's degrees from Florida State University, she went to work with HRS as a planner and evaluator in 1971. By 1975 she was executive staff director in the Office of the Secretary. She spent a short stint as acting district administrator in Pinellas and Pasco counties in 1978, and also served as district administrator in the Orlando and Jacksonville areas, before moving to higher administrative posts in Tallahassee in the early 1990s.

Media Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450