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Shake-up at DOC continues: chief of staff Ronay gone

by Dara Kam | October 6th, 2011

The exodus following the ouster of former Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Buss continued this week: Buss’s chief of staff Dan Ronay quit his $120,000-a-year job yesterday.

The department’s spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said new DOC chief Ken Tucker accepted Ronay’s resignation yesterday, but did not say whether he was asked to step down.

Ronay was one of more than a dozen staffers Buss brought with him from Indiana, where Buss served as corrections chief. Gov. Rick Scott forced Buss to resign in August in the midst of a prison privatization effort ordered by the legislature that a Tallahassee judge recently ruled was unconstitutional because it was included in the budget instead of in a stand-alone bill.

Buss was fired late in August but will remain on the state payroll earning $145,000 until October to help with the transition, according to Scott’s office.

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5 Responses to “Shake-up at DOC continues: chief of staff Ronay gone”

  1. Pro Says:

    the real crime here is that these guys make a fraction of what the moron prison guards make (most make well over $100,000 a year) with overtime.

  2. Pro is an idiot Says:

    Just goes to show how ignorant some people are. Corrections officers start at just over $30 thousand per year. Even if they get maximum overtime which is 16 hours per week, that still puts them at just over 40 grand a year. Great living for what they are asked to do. By the way, I am not an officer.

  3. Agree Pro is an idiot Says:

    What overtime pay? It is vary rare that a FL DOC Officer gets paid overtime.

  4. BiggBossMann Says:

    I am a C/o and I have a bachelors degree and I make under 30k with FDOC. Yeah I’m a moron for keeping people safe from the dregs of society! “Pro” The conditions I currently work under are driving many to go back into the military or take up another profession. When there are no more officers to keep the murderers, rapists, thieves, and child molesters locked in, don’t gripe sir when one steals a vehicle comes to your home and commits horrible atrocities to you or your loved ones. Then and only then will you realize security is a necessity not a convenience!

  5. Kathleen Hayes Says:

    In my opinion, the real crime here, is the corruption within the Courts, combined with “THE GOOD OLE BOYS” in Gov.getting away with anything.
    When inmates in Florida, are serving LIFE for non-violent Marijuana offenses, and the “pill mills” continue to flourish, public safety is at risk. When hard core felons, violent offenders, are given lighter sentences that the non-violent, public safety again, suffers.
    Prisons are overcrowded, putting the safety of the guards in jeopardy. They are “babysitting” sick, elderly pot dealers doing pro fecto life sentences, while being expected to oversee the true maniacs of society, for very little pay. In N.Y. they be out walking a picket line to change the laws. Florida has to revisit their criminal justice system, and the Guards should be pro-active in seeing it through. Don’t they see who is making this big money for getting it all wrong?

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