Old Hand Chosen As New Head of State Law Enforcement

TAMPA -

Governor-elect Charlie Crist says he and Gov. Jeb Bush decided together who should lead the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Their choice: a veteran lawman, investigator and the interim FDLE director Jerry Bailey.

BAILEY: Gov. Crist is a long-time partner of FDLE. We worked hand-in-hand as the investigative and prosecutorial arms of the state. We've fought identity theft together and collaborated on new ways to notify the public about sexual predators.

Bailey's predecessor, Guy Tunnell, resigned after he sent questionable e-mails to the Bay County Sheriff about the investigation of Martin Lee Anderson's death. The teenager died at the Bay County juvenile boot camp, which was founded by Tunnell.

Bush and the Florida Cabinet unanimously approved Bailey for the job.

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