Friday, August 26, 2016

CCSO Chief Spell Selected For Leadership Florida

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Chief Stephanie Spell has been selected to participate in the 2016-17 Annual Class Program of Leadership Florida.

Leadership Florida is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The bedrock of Leadership Florida is the Annual Class Program.  Each year the program selects Florida’s finest leaders to participate in an eight-month curriculum, held in six different Florida cities, to learn about statewide topics of concern and opportunities, while also encouraging interaction among the state’s leadership. Participants are chosen for their abilities, passion about Florida and commitment to help make great things happen for the Sunshine State.

Chief Spell is among 56 professional men and women selected for Leadership Florida’s 35th class that begins Sept. 14 in Howey-in-the-Hills.

More than 1,000 men and women have graduated from Leadership Florida and currently serve as chief executive officers of Florida’s top corporations, mayors of major cities, executives of pivotal nonprofit groups and leading academicians. They are also farmers, managers of high-tech consortiums, rural hospital administrators, and directors of Florida’s largest agencies. They own small businesses and are law enforcement officers in cities throughout the state. Their commitment to local and state communities is witnessed through their collective service on more than 5,000 boards of companies and organizations. 

These programs are designed to enhance the leadership skills required in a multicultural state while stimulating inquiry and analysis and development of solutions for the public interest.

Chief Spell has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987.  As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs, and Volunteers.  

Chief Spell earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Edison State College and a master’s degree in administration from Barry University. She is an adjunct professor at Barry University and serves on the board of directors of the Leadership Collier Foundation. She is also a member of the board of directors of United Way of Collier County and Collier Child Care Resources Inc. In addition she serves as vice president of the board of directors of Youth Haven. Chief Spell recently graduated from the FBI National Academy’s Florida Executive Development Seminar. Chief Spell was also named as one of the 2013 Women of Power by Florida Weekly.