TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Josefina “Josie” Tamayo of Tallahassee to the Second Judicial Circuit Court.
“Born in Cuba, Josie is a true example of the American dream and a dedicated public servant, who displays exceptional leadership, professionalism and commitment to the principles of our judicial system,” said Governor Crist. “Her extensive public service experience, as well as her vast legal expertise, will serve the people of the Second Circuit well.”
Tamayo, 51, has been serving as general counsel for the Florida Department of Health since 2007. Previously, she was the general counsel for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation from 2005 to 2007, and for the Florida Department of Children and Families from 1999 to 2005. She has served the sixth district of the former state agency the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services as chief legal counsel from 1994 to 1999, and as chief foster care managing attorney from 1991 to 1993. She served as assistant state attorney for 13th Circuit State Attorney’s Office from 1989 to 1991, and the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office from 1985 to 1989. Tamayo received her bachelor’s degree from Emory University and law degree from the Georgia State University.
Tamayo will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kathleen F. Dekker.
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