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Army Major General will head Florida Department of Corrections

By: - January 3, 2019 2:23 pm

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Gov.-elect DeSantis has appointed a former U.S. Army Major General and former Trump staffer to head the Florida Department of Corrections.

It’s retired United States Army Major General Mark Inch, who is also former Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Inch’s appointment is one of a string of DeSantis appointees with military backgrounds. DeSantis is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Inch spent decades in the military, including as a Commanding General of the Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he handled Detainee Operations and Rule of Law Development in the Army’s Security Sector, according to information provided by the DeSantis transition team.

Inch got his B.A. in Biblical Archaeology from Wheaton College in Illinois and an M.A. degree in geography from The University of Texas at Austin. Inch received a Master of Military Art and Science Degree from The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2005., the DeSantis transition team says.

According to reporting by the New York Times, Inch quit his job as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons after nine months due to a feud over proposed prison reforms between President Trump’s son-in-law. Jared Kushner, and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Inch replaces Julie L. Jones, who has served as Florida’s Department of Corrections Secretary since 2014.

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Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman

Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.