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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:02AM

HCSO Business Administrator graduates from leadership program

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Highlands County Sheriff’s Office’s Business Administrator Lisa Burley was one of 35 graduates of a Senior Leadership program offered by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.

Leadership training for criminal justice professionals was at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement headquarters in Tallahassee.

The graduating class includes senior managers representing criminal justice agencies from around the state. The goal of the Senior Leadership program is to help graduates continue to develop their leadership skills and to prepare Florida’s criminal justice professionals for future challenges.

Burley joins HCSO Captain Randy LaBelle who has also graduated from the prestigious program.

Burley joined the HCSO in February of 2005 after a career with the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners. At that time her primary responsibilities consisted of strategic planning and research grants. In her current position as Business Administrator, she oversees Finance, Budget and Purchasing responsibilities.

The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, established within the FDLE and affiliated with the State University System, was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature. The Senior Leadership program consists of seven one-week sessions over a period of 10 months. The course requires extensive academic research in recognition of the need for an innovative and multifaceted approach to the education and training of criminal justice professionals.

“This program requires commitment and preparation; it is important to continue to prepare our administrators and managers for the future,” according to Sheriff Susan Benton. “This challenging program is one of the many ways I continue my commitment to Highlands County by ensuring that your Sheriff’s Office is prepared for the future.”