Leadership

Meet Our Leadership Team

Candice K. Brower

Regional Counsel

Richard Currey

Chief Assistant Regional Counsel

After serving four years in the United States Coast Guard Richard Currey finished his bachelor’s at the University of South Alabama in 1997 and spent the next three years in Cleveland, Ohio, at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After law school, Richard took a position with the Office of the Public Defender for the First Judicial Circuit, covering misdemeanor and felony dockets for the next seven years. He eventually joined the Regional Conflict Counsel for the First Region handling everything from misdemeanor to death penalty cases. He served as a circuit director in the RC1’s First Judicial Circuit before becoming Chief Assistant Regional Counsel in 2020.

Kirby Jordan

Chief Investigator

Kirby attended the University of Florida originally majoring in electrical engineering but changed to criminal justice. He joined the Alachua County sheriff’s office in Gainesville in 1979 and graduated the Santa Fe Police Academy in 1980. He later served in the criminal investigation division as a detective and as assistant bureau chief over the county’s 911 emergency communications center. In 1999 he opened a private investigation agency specializing in criminal defense. In 2007 he joined the newly created Regional Counsel’s Office as an administrator and Chief Investigator. He has completed hundreds of hours in specialized training over his 40 year career. He currently oversees 7 investigators and 1 mitigation specialist in the 32 county region.

Andrew Kalel

Legislative Affairs Director

Andrew Kalel is the joint Legislative Affairs Director for Florida’s Regional Counsels, working out of the RC1’s Tallahassee office. Andrew has worked in and around state government for most of his career, including positions with state agencies and participating on a private sector government affairs team. Andrew leverages his experience and relationships to assist the Regional Counsels in raising the awareness of meaningful public policy and focuses much of his time pursuing the regions’ budgetary goals. Andrew attended Florida State University, is a Certified Public Manager, and was awarded Influence Magazine’s 2019 “30 under 30” Rising Stars of Florida Politics.

Karen Hood

Administrative Services Director

Karen S. Hood is the Administrative Services Director for RC1. She began her career with the State of Florida in 2007 when she was hired as an Administrative Assistant. Karen was promoted to Financial Services Director before ultimately becoming head of Administrative Services. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Flagler College in 2008. She is a native of Tallahassee, and lives there with her husband and their two sons. In her spare time, Karen enjoys gardening, listening to music, bass fishing, and spending time with her friends and family.