Florida Sheriffs Association Names New Board Leadership
Tallahassee, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce its leadership for the coming year. Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings has been elected President of FSA. Sheriff Demings will be responsible for presiding over the association, working with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the FSA and its 67 Sheriffs.
“It is truly an honor to be the new President of FSA,” Demings said. “I am thrilled to serve as the leader of such a worthy organization, and I will not take this opportunity lightly.”
Sheriff Jerry L. Demings is a native of Orlando and was elected as the first black Orange County Sheriff in 2008. He is married to former Orlando Police Chief Valdez B. Demings, who was the first female Police Chief in the history of Orlando. Prior to being sheriff, Demings was appointed as the Director of Public Safety for Orange County in October 2002. There he oversaw several Orange County Departments including the Jail, Fire Department, Public Safety Communications and Emergency Operations.
Sheriff Demings is a graduate of Jones High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Orlando College, which is now Everest University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and is listed in Who's Who Among College Students. He is a graduate of the 194th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and studied at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Other FSA Board Appointments are:
• Vice President: Sheriff Mike Adkinson, Walton County
• Secretary: Sheriff Mark Hunter, Columbia County
• Treasurer: Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County
• Immediate Past President: Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County