"And let there be Justice for All, including our children!" I. Zehnder
Mr. Walter McNeil has acknowledged that time for change in the Florida Juvenile Justice System is now! There is no time to waste - children are being abused, neglected, and far too many have died in this system - even one is too many!
We want to extend our appreciation to Mr. McNeil for all of his efforts in trying to change a broken system (the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice - DJJ) and in trying to "clean house", as he said. "Heads are going to roll, people will be fired, charges will be pressed," is what he told Mark Caldwell.
All of the kids in DJJ
Walter A. McNeil, Secretary
Department of Juvenile Justice
"I believe that each of us, at some point in our lifetime, must decide how to best serve our fellow citizens. In my case, the decision to accept the leadership role at DJJ was easy. I am the former Chief of Police of Tallahassee, Florida, having served as Chief for the last 10 years of my 28-year career in law enforcement. In that role, I enthusiastically embraced opportunities to help implement programs for children who were influenced or impacted by crime. These include partnering with local and state community leaders, advocacy groups, citizens, and public policymakers to address gang interdiction, educational outreach on juvenile crime, and local implementation of a statewide initiative that addresses all aspects of children's needs."
Walt McNeil, Secretary
Secretary Walter McNeil has devoted his time not only to the Tallahassee community, but also to the safety and well being of children. He is married to Gloria and the father of three children: Tara, Mackey, & Victoria
Secretary McNeil holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Johns University in Springfield, Louisiana. He also began his graduate work in Criminal Justice at the University of Virginia and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Southern Mississippi. His extensive education also includes completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, the Florida Criminal Justice Chief Executive Institute, the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Management Development Program, and the Unisys Corporation program on "Managing People".
Adjunct College Instructor – Florida A&M University
Currently serves as Board Member of the International Association of Police Chiefs
Member of the International Association of Police Chiefs since 1988
Recognized by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Tallahassee Chapter for Outstanding Service to the Community
Past Board Member of the Tallahassee Senior Citizen Committee
Serves as Florida’s Representative to (IACP) International Association of Police Chiefs, State Associations of Chiefs
Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as a State of Florida Criminal Justice and Training Commissioner
Member of (NOBLE) National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives since 1989
Chairman for the 2003 Tallahassee American Heart Association Heart Walk Fundraising Campaign
Member of the New Mt. Zion AME Church, Tallahassee, FL; 16+ years.
Member of the Tallahassee Southside Rotary Club
Past Member of the Tallahassee Northside Kiwanis Civic Club
Served as a Board Member for the Tallahassee Community College Foundation
Recognized as the Man of the Year by Bethel Baptist Church – Tallahassee
Recognized by the U.S. Attorney Northern District of FL for Outstanding Service to Law Enforcement
Board Member for the Florida Police Chiefs Association
Honored by the Tallahassee Chapter of the National Forum for Black Administrators as the Public Sector Business Person of the Year
Past Board Member for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Cultural Diversity Consultant
Membership on various Law Enforcement Organizations
Fifth (5th) Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
2006 NAACP Humanitarian Award Recipient
Current Board Member of Boys and Girls Town of Tallahassee