Two New Members Appointed to the Missing Children Advisory Board

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Carroll and William Montford to the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board. The board meets quarterly to discuss and implement plans and policies to combat and create an awareness of the approximately 51,000 children that are reported missing every year in Florida.

"I am happy to have these two outstanding Floridians serving on this very important advisory board," FDLE Commissioner Bailey said. "They have proven to be dedicated members of their communities and I look forward to the experience they will bring to the board as we continue our efforts to keep Florida's children safe."

Carroll, a retired attorney, has been a Tallahassee resident since 1962. She previously worked with the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida First District Court of Appeal. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1977 and the Tallahassee Bar Association since 1978. Carroll is also active in several civic organizations including the Leon High School Foundation Board, Tallahassee Senior Center Foundation Board, and the Faith Presbyterian Church Preschool Board.

Montford currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Prior to becoming CEO, Montford served as school superintendent in Leon County and has been an educator in the county since 1969. He is also active in a number of organizations including the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science board of directors, and the Dropout Prevention Task Force.

The FDLE Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board was created in 1996 to address issues dealing with Florida's missing children. The advisory board is a diverse mix of law enforcement officials, victim parents, government agencies, missing children non-profit organizations and members of the business community with interest in missing children issues.

The board has sub-committees that work on various community outreach and education projects, such as Florida Missing Children's Day, which will be held Sept. 10 this year. Board members are chosen from around the state by FDLE's Commissioner.

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001