Biography:

William’s qualifications for Sheriff include a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University, completion of the FBI National Academy, one thousand hours of advanced law enforcement training, and approximately 33 years of law enforcement experience. William served in the Miami-Dade Police Department with distinction for 20 years. In January 1993, he joined the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as captain, chief criminal investigator in charge of all criminal and narcotic investigations.  In March 2001 he was promoted to major, director of the Department of Law Enforcement, where his responsibilities included all uniform patrol functions, all criminal investigations, school resource program, K-9 patrol, marine patrol, community-oriented policing unit, traffic enforcement and DUI section, as well as the aviation section. William currently serves in the Florida Legislature where he chairs the Judiciary Committee and serves on the Full Appropriations Committee. He is also a former member of the Florida Supreme Court Innocence Commission.

 

Philosophy and Platform:

William  is a third-generation public servant, a man whose parents instilled in him a pervading sense of responsibility and a powerful work ethic. Little wonder he is consumed with what he calls “an insatiable desire to serve and to make the community safer.” While in the leadership of  the Florida House  he helped reduce Florida’s budget by billions of dollars in the past six years.  During his three terms, William focused on public safety issues and passed nine law enforcement bills, including a rewrite of Florida’s gang law, a rewrite of Florida’s human trafficking statutes, a rewrite of Florida’s background screening law, a revamping of Florida’s DNA law, as well as other significant pieces of legislation protecting Florida’s citizens. William has great confidence in the ability of every American to earn and make a contribution to the community at large. He is an advocate for women’s rights issues. In fact, he believes that government should be good stewards of the interests of all the people and not just those of special interests, that government should respect individual rights and privacy.

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