For Immediate Release
Florida Sheriffs Association Names First Female President
[July 31, 2012] [Tallahassee, Fla.] – Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announces the newest president for one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. FSA has experienced several milestones since its inception in 1893 and for the first time ever the Florida Sheriffs Association will be led by a female. Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton takes over presidential duties previously held by Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
As president, Sheriff Benton will be responsible for working with the FSA staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the 118 year old non-profit organization and its 67 Sheriffs. Sheriff Benton has served as chair for the FSA Board of Directors in addition to holding the positions of treasurer, secretary and most recently, vice-president.
“Sheriff Benton was selected for this position because of her extensive experience in various roles within law enforcement.” said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. “She brings nearly 40 years of experience, a highly successful tenure as a leader as well as multiple honors and awards.”
A fifth generation Floridian, Sheriff Benton was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. She followed in the footsteps of her great grandfather who served as Chief of Police in St. Augustine during the early 1920’s. She has served shoulder-to-shoulder with her fellow deputies, rising through the ranks by gaining the respect and trust of her colleagues, superiors, agency members, and community. She holds multiple degrees from various colleges and universities including a B.A. in Administration of Justice from St. Thomas University and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University. Sheriff Benton is very active in her community and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.