Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to announce that two members of his command staff graduated today from The Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy.
Captain Paul Richard, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Captain Jon Goetluck, commander of the Support Services Bureau, have now successfully completed the Academy, held at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana, Florida.
Captains Richard and Goetluck were among 30 graduates from 21 sheriff’s offices who made up the Charter Class of the Academy, presented by the Florida Sheriffs Association. The Academy was designed by the sheriffs to ensure that members of their command staff – top level management within a Sheriff's Office – have the background and information they need to carry out their responsibilities. The program was developed in conjunction with the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.
“Leadership development is a priority for any sheriff engaged in succession planning,” said Sheriff Knight. “My commanders make complex decisions every day and additional training at this level will help them supervise personnel and serve our community.”
The intensive training included 40-hour sessions in September and again in November. Topics included leadership, ethics, legislative affairs, effective discipline, labor and personnel issues, fiscal policies and administration, the civil process, courthouse security and jail management.