Shawn Hamilton, Interim Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, joined the Department of Environmental Protection in 2007 and served as Northwest District Director since 2011. He was responsible for environmental permitting, compliance, emergency response and environmental education for DEP’s regulatory programs within the 16 counties of the Florida Panhandle. Shawn is a graduate of Troy State University and, before joining DEP, was Director of Business Operations for CTS - America in Pensacola, and he served as an Advanced Systems Engineer for EDS in Montgomery, Alabama. Shawn is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.