Department of Management Services

DMS Secretary - Chad Poppell

Secretary Chad Poppell

Governor Rick Scott appointed Chad Poppell as the Secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS) in December 2014. Secretary Poppell oversees the agency that excels in meeting the business needs of state government and its employees so fellow Florida state agencies can focus on their core missions. The Department of Management Services serves more than 1 million customers by administering retirement benefits and health insurance, advising on human resource policy and maintaining the state’s human resource information system. The department also provides statewide telecommunication services, coordinates real estate and facilities management, oversees the state’s procurement process and monitors Florida’s private prisons and fleet of vehicles.

"Being appointed to this post by Governor Rick Scott is truly an honor for me and my friends and family," said Secretary Poppell. "I am so thankful for this opportunity and will try my very best to lead the DMS team to meet the Governor’s challenge of making Florida number one in job creation in the world."

Prior to joining DMS, Secretary Poppell served as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO); as Director of Employee Services at JEA (a municipally owned electric, water and sewer provider serving the Jacksonville metropolitan area); and as Chief of Human Resources for the City of Jacksonville.

During his tenure at DEO, Secretary Poppell supported statewide economic development and partnerships, ensured that community development protected resources of statewide significance, and collaborated with 24 regional workforce boards and 100 careers centers. He provided essential labor market statistics tracking to the public, and promoted job growth by assisting Floridians with rejoining the workforce.

Secretary Poppell’s professional and educational background has largely been in the field of Human Resources. In his time at the City of Jacksonville and JEA, he was responsible for various duties, including: personal administration, collective bargaining, compensation, performance management, benefit programs and employee relations.

Secretary Poppell earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology and his Master of Science in industrial and organizational psychology from Valdosta State University.


Deputy Secretary, Workforce Operations - Darren Brooks

Chief of Staff - Erin Rock

Communications Director - Maggie Mickler

Legislative Affairs Director - Taylor Hatch

General Counsel - Drew Atkinson

Interim Inspector General - Yolanda Lockett

Chief Information Officer - Bob Ward

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer - Debra Forbess

Division Directors for DMS