TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WMBB/WKRG) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Okaloosa County School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson Friday morning.

DeSantis has named Markus Chambers, the District Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, as the Superintendent until the next election.

In March 2018, a grand jury cleared the school district of criminal wrongdoing in the alleged abuse of 6-year-old Noah Perillo, a student with autism.

The family had accused a teacher at Kenwood Elementary School of abusing the child. The family also accused the superintendent of covering up the alleged abuse.

Although no criminal charges were brought at the time, the grand jury said it was “concerned by the behavior” of Jackson for what it called “inconsistent statements” she made about the case. The grand jury recommended that the State Attorney’s Office continue to investigate her.

“Students should feel safe in school and this administration will not tolerate negligence nor incompetence from any government officials, especially those charged with the sacred duty of protecting our children,” Governor DeSantis said in a statement on Friday.