Master of Arts, Security Management, American Military University
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Columbia College
Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Florida, C.J.S.T.C./F.D.L.E.
Certified Unified Forensic Extraction Device Physical Examiner, #P000958, 2012
Certified Unified Forensic Extraction Mobile Device Examiner, #C001074, 2012
Certified Technical Investigator, National Technical Investigators Assoc., #21‐072407, 2007-2013
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Incident Command System (ICS), 2006
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Incident Management System (NIMS), 2005
Retired Law Enforcement Officer
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge #25
Fraternal Order of Police District 7
What are the three top challenges facing the Orange County Commission? Briefly describe how you would address these challenges. (limit 150 words)
Crime: Our economy in Orange County is heavily dependent on the tourism industry and local violent crime levels are on the rise; especially crime involving firearms. I will advocate for proactive approaches to safeguarding our residents, businesses, and tourists by adequately funding public safety budgets and crime prevention initiatives; i.e. ShotSpotter, for the purpose of bringing focus back to public safety. I am the only candidate with actual public safety experience and knowledge in the security management field that can bring public safety awareness to the OCBCC.
Public Schools: I will advocate for the amendment of any county policies that hinder education; i.e. acreage requirements to build schools. My goal is to work with OCPS in saving funds for such things as building public schools and increasing teacher salaries.
Transit-Oriented Development: In keeping with smart growth principals, I would advocate for funding towards T.O.D. in and around our existing and future railroad corridor because the geographical boundaries of District 3 lend itself well to increasing SunRail’s ridership numbers and creating jobs through vertical integration of amenities.
What is your experience working with large budgets, revenue shortfalls, and oversight? (limit 150 words)
I have an undergraduate degree in Business Administration that included a curriculum for understanding the principles for accounting and business finance. As an Orlando Police Department Economic Crimes Detective, I received specialized training in analyzing financials and investigating large fraud and embezzlement type cases. Serving as the treasurer for one of Orlando’s largest non-profit organizations for over seventeen (17) years, the Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge #25, I incorporated my educational background, training, and experience in managing this organization’s finances to include budgeting, financial reporting, securing a $600,000 mortgage for a new facility, and managing payments to contractors and sub-contractors during construction to name a few. I currently serve as the treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police, District 7, which oversees F.O.P. Lodges in ten Central Florida Counties. I am well prepared to analyze and review Orange County’s budgets.
What are three things “going right” for Orange County? How will you continue forward progress? (limit 150 words)
Transportation: Alternative and affordable forms of transportation are critical to sustaining our economy and allowing our residents to redirect the savings of discretionary funds to enhance their living conditions. I will advocate for responsible transportation alternatives, ensure transportation alternatives comply with the American Disabilities Act, and work to identity solutions that benefit all of us.
Film Industry: Partnerships have allowed film industry students the ability to learn their trade using a sophisticated soundstage and high-tech production equipment. I would advocate for pro-film industry policies that make Orange County a more desirable location for film. Unfortunately, Florida has lost over $5 Billion to Georgia over the lack of state incentives which impacts our local economy.
Tourism: The efforts in marketing and branding Orange County as the premier vacation destination are working. While tourism numbers are up, we must protect our most valuable revenue generating component to our economy by ensuring the safety of our visitors. I will advocate for adequate funding towards public safety initiatives and budgets.