MARIANNA, Fla. - The Jackson County Correctional Facility will soon be under new leadership.
On Tuesday, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in appointing Mark C. Foreman as the new jail administrator.
"In my twenty-two year experience in working in prison facilities of all security levels across the country, it always comes down to effective communication," said Foreman.
He's currently the associate warden for the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution.
Foreman will take the place of Interim Jail Administrator Jammie Jeter who served from March until June of this year.
Before Jeter, Steven White served almost 25 years between 1992 until he retired in 2017.
County Administrator Ernie Padgett said the need for an experienced leader is critical.
"The challenges that people have now, is much more and we just feel like it's jail, we have a lot of inmates out there and staff and we feel like Mr. Foreman's going to do a good job in taking care of business," said Padgett.
The new hire has come full circle for Padgett.
He was the county's first administrator when the jail was undergoing construction.
"We passed the sales tax to actually build this jail, and then I left during the construction of it. So now 30 years later I'm back and hiring a new jail administrator," said Padgett.
Now with the a new leader in place, Foreman reiterates clear communication between staff and inmates.
"The inmate population across the country is a diverse and they come not only from the United States but from other countries," said Foreman. "Being able to communicate with the inmates effectively, and treating them with a level of respect is going to be critical in maintaining safety and security," added Foreman."
Foreman said he's scheduled to start working as jail administrator July 10th.