Being your Sheriff is an honor and a privilege that I take very seriously. Over the years, I have served in the very worst and the very best of economic conditions and presided over a wide variety of high-profile cases, like the Gateway Murders when I first took office to the Dr. Sievers case more recently. During my tenure, I have served with (3) different Congressman, (4) County Managers, (9) Chiefs of Police between FMPD and CCPD alone, (5) School Superintendents, numerous Mayors, and significant changes among members of the School Board, City Councils, County Commission, and other areas of government. Throughout these many changes, I have been a consistent presence with a constant focus on public safety. I have not been bashful when it comes to making decisions or taking a stand, and I wear my emotions on my sleeve along with the hash marks that represent (28) years with the LCSO. The bottom line is that whether you agree or disagree with me, you know where I stand.
My love of community and passion for law enforcement is as strong, if not stronger today as it was when I graduated from the local Police Academy in 1988. I could only dream back then that I would one day graduate from the FBI National Academy and that dream came true in June of 2010. Upon completing the most prestigious law enforcement training in the world, I stood beside the FBI Director and delivered the commencement speech for my classmates who like me, represented the less than 2% of cops in the world that ever complete that training.
Like everyone in life, I have learned from mistakes and built on successes. Like Lee County, the law enforcement profession has experienced many changes and rapid growth. My experience and demonstrated leadership throughout those changes and growth as well as the changes to come, is something you can count on. These are indeed challenging times where learning curves and on-the-job training for untested, would be hopefuls is risky business. As your Sheriff, I pledge to continue my no-nonsense attack on crime and unparalleled community involvement. I am but one of many at the LCSO and our team remains proud to serve and focused on the mission. I look forward to your continued support.
Lee County Sheriff