The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute announced to local Historic City News reporters the Thursday graduation of St. Johns County Sheriff’s Colonel Art May from the Chief Executive Seminar at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The graduates represent criminal justice agencies around the state who serve in a leadership role within their agency.
May, who began his association with the Sherriff’s Office 35 years ago as a member of Explorer Post 911, moved through the ranks under four administrations in St. Johns County.
For the past five years, May has been director of the sheriff’s law enforcement division and, a month ago, he added the support services division to his command.
The Executive Seminar met for one week each month, for three months, at FDLE Headquarters in
Tallahassee. Graduates took classes on topics such as demography, budgeting, legacy leadership, ethics, and implementing strategic change.
The goal of the Chief Executive Seminar is to prepare Florida’s Criminal Justice leadership for the challenging and changing demands of the future. Class participants study trends and events that may affect criminal justice professionals and the state and develop new leadership skills to address and manage the changes that lie ahead.
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, established within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and affiliated with the State University System, was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature who recognized the need for an innovative and multifaceted approach to the education and training of criminal justice professionals.