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CFO Alex Sink Applauds Appointment of Cassandra Jenkins to Florida Parole Commission

10/26/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz (850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today applauded the Florida Cabinet’s unanimous vote on the appointment of Cassandra Jenkins to the Florida Parole Commission.  Jenkins’ appointment is effective January 5, 2011, and she will serve in that post until January 2017.

“I could not be more pleased that my fellow Cabinet members have taken this opportunity today to do the right thing on behalf of Florida’s victims, clemency applicants, and inmates,” said CFO Sink.  “Finally, Florida’s Parole Commission reflects the diversity of this state and those in our criminal justice system. Cassandra Jenkins' commitment to the criminal justice system and her experience and professionalism are a tremendous asset to the Parole Commission.”

Jenkins brings more than 27 years of law enforcement experience to the commission, including 12 years with FDLE and 12 years with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.  She has also served as a juvenile justice consultant and criminal justice instructor at Florida State University where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology, graduating magna cum laude.

CFO Sink sent a letter to fellow Florida Cabinet members in July to encourage the appointment of a candidate to fill the seat being vacated in January 2011 by Commissioner Fred Dunphy.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida’s taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.