Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the appointment of former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and retired United States Army Major General Mark Inch as secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.
"Mark Inch is an exceptional leader who has dedicated his life to serving and protecting our country at home and abroad," said DeSantis. "Mark is one of the foremost experts on criminal justice, having directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons and I am proud to have him bring his knowledge and expertise to this new administration. I look forward to working with him to strengthen Florida's Department of Corrections and ensure efficiency and accountability at such an important agency.
Inch was appointed director of the Federal Bureau Of Prisons and served in that role with distinction until 2018. He was the provost marshal general and commanding general of the Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections at Headquarters for the Department of the Army, where he served at home and abroad for 36 years.
Inch was the principal military advisor to the secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army on all policing matters. He was also responsible for developing and executing strategy, policies, plans and programs for the Army’s policing organizations. He held the role of commanding general of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was responsible for Detainee Operations and Rule of Law Development within the Army’s security sector.
In 1982, Inch received his B.A. in biblical archaeology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. In 2002, he received an M.A. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin. Inch received a Masters of military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2005.