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Commanders Academy

Congratulations!  The 2014 Commanders Academy was held June 2-6 and July 7-11. Read our blog post about the graduating class and the meaning behind leadership. 

September 2013 marked the first ever Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy, a two-week intensive course of study to prepare our middle managers for leadership within the Sheriff's Office.

The event marked yet another milestone in the history of the Florida Sheriffs Association in the areas of training. Much of the curriulum originated from the New Sheriffs Institute, held every four years to prepare newly-elected Sheriffs. Following a needs analysis and review by the Sheriffs' Training committee, topics were modified and content was given more depth.  Areas covered in the 64 hours of instruction, with an emphasis on the responsibilities of upper management and culture of the Office of Sheriff:  

  • Media Relations
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Finance
  • Discipline
  • Labor Relations
  • Emergency Management
  • Jail Management

Highly respected subject matter experts gave presentations that were followed by either scenario practicums or panel discussions with sheriffs and chief deputies.  

A bonus was the networking opportunities. Because the Commanders Academy was held at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, with on-site lodging and dining facilities, participants had an opportunity to better bond. Class president Captain Paul Blackman from Highlands County said that it was unbelievable how quickly the class came together and started sharing ideas and thoughts about different issues.  “During the first week of class several burglaries were solved which was a direct result of the networking that occurred during our time together," he said.

In a display of leadership, the class made a donation to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. At their graduation ceremony, Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart accepted the check on behalf of the FSYR board of directors.  Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid was also present and delivered their commencement address.          

Meet the Members of the Charter Class






Alpha by last name:

Inspector Scott Anderson
Lieutenant Kaley Behl
Lieutenant Brian Bergen
Captain Paul Blackman 
Captain Julia Blackmon
Lieutenant Christopher Buchanan
Lieutenant Pete Ciucci 
Captain David Danzig
Lieutenant Katina Dicks
Captain J.P. Fane
Captain Greg Foster
Captain Jon Goetluck
Lieutenant Franklin Hawley
Lieutenant Dexter Hill
Lieutenant Jay Jones
Lieutenant Charles Kirby
Lieutenant Michael Leiner
Lieutenant Bruce Maddox
Lieutenant Cedric May
Sergeant Misty North
Captain Clyde Osborne 
Lieutenant Lori Phillips
Lieutenant William Power 
Captain Paul Richard  
Captain Brian Schnering
Lieutenant Michael Shaban
Commander Jason Sheffield
Sergeant Matt Tinsley
Lieutenant Chris Watson
Lieutenant Rosie Wendell
Alachua County
Alachua County
Martin County
Highlands County
Orange County
Gulf County
Hernando County
Pinellas County
Columbia County
Highlands County
Nassau County
Sarasota County
Walton County
Polk County
Okaloosa County
Indian River County
Pinellas County
Walton County
Columbia County
St. Johns County
Nassau County
Polk County
Hernando County
Sarasota County
Manatee County
Orange County
St. Johns County
Hardee County
Santa Rosa County
Hardee County

If you have questions about the Commanders Academy, email FSA Law Enforcement Coordinator David Brand

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