The Administration Commission, consisting of the governor and the cabinet, appoints a director to head DOAH, and the appointee must be confirmed by the Senate. The director serves as DOAH’s chief judge and can appoint a deputy chief judge. The chief judge and the deputy chief judge have administrative duties and conduct formal hearings.  The chief judge is charged with the duty to hire the ALJs. Section 120.65, Florida Statutes (2017) requires that all ALJs be members of The Florida Bar with a minimum of five years of experience practicing law. The minimum qualifications for ALJs are identical to the minimum requirements for circuit court judges.  Much like the federal court system in Florida, DOAH’s internal organization is based on geography as the cases are divided between three Districts: Northern, Middle, and Southern.