Simone Marstiller
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In what is another home run appointment, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has named former District Court of Appeal Judge and Bush administration alumnae Simone Marstiller as the new Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. 

“Few people have the leadership experience and government expertise to match Simone Marstiller,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “Simone is among the most talented and experienced professionals that our state has to offer and I am proud to have her join the Administration as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s established an exceptional record of professional accomplishment and I look forward to working with her to further improve our state’s juvenile justice system. 

Marstiller ran two agencies under former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Department Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Management Services. She also served as the head of the State Technology Office. Marstiller then spent six years as a First DCA judge based in Tallahassee.  After leaving the bench, Marstiller has served as Of Counsel with Gunster Law Firm. 

Marstiller was born in the country of Liberia and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1988 from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1996 from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.