Former DCF Chief, AG Candidate George Sheldon Could Be Heading Back To Florida

May 3, 2017

George Sheldon
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A former Department of Children and Families official and state attorney general candidate could be heading back to Florida. George Sheldon has reportedly been offered a job at a troubled Miami-based organization.

Our Kids Miami has a five-year, billion dollar contract with the state that was renewed in 2014.  It’s the organization contracted by the Florida Department of Children of Families for adoption and foster care services. Recently its top administers quit following the suicides of two girls in the agency's care. The Chicago Tribune reports George Sheldon is considering a job offer from Our Kids, in addition to another position in California. Sheldon previously led the Florida Department of Children and Families from 2008 to 2011.

He ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2014, losing the race to Pam Bondi. Sheldon also previously served in President Barack Obama’s administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services between 2011 and 2013.

The Tribute reports Sheldon has recently come under fire in Illinois for ethics complaints, and the death of a child social workers had visited just hours prior.