The Management Services Bureau oversees certain administrative functions of the agency and is headed by a Chief. The Bureau is comprised of the Legal Affairs Section, the Finance Section, and the Strategic Planning and Budget Section.
PSO Legal Affairs Section is headed by the General Counsel, who serves as the agency’s Constitutional Policing Advisor and Chief Legal Advisor. The General Counsel oversees the Assistant General Counsel, Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs Coordinator, Contract Administrator, and Records Department. The attorneys in the Legal Section provide guidance and legal expertise to the Sheriff and deputies in the field, and other agency staff, in implementing policy and resolving legal issues. The attorneys also respond to SWAT call-outs and high-liability incidents. The section reviews all agency contracts, agreements, leases, and grant applications. The section also reviews and coordinates responses to public records requests. The attorneys publish legal bulletins to advise agency members on important legal topics and changes in the law, and conduct regular legal trainings for new hires, supervisors, specialty teams, and deputy read-offs. The Legal Section is responsible for maintaining, reviewing and updating agency General Orders and policies to assure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Members of the section participate in collective bargaining meetings for labor union contract negotiations, and handle all actions brought under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.
The Contract Administrator prepares requests for proposals, coordinates agency insurance claims, and monitors contracts to make sure appropriate notices and renewals occur.
The Records Unit is responsible for centrally managing agency records, including assisting and guiding the agency in establishing records management procedures; managing the records storage center; and ensuring the proper disposal of records following approved retention and disposition schedules.
The Legal Section can be reached at (727) 844-7701.
PSO Finance Section is comprised of an elite staff of ten professional financial staff and accountants who are responsible for executing over $105m (including other funds) with fiscal prudence. Its sole focus is to provide first class financial services across the entire agency. The Finance Section is responsible for the financial reporting and management of the daily accounting functions including accounts receivable/payable, cash bonds, grants, inmate accounting, payroll, property records maintenance, and annual physical inventory of assets. The section accomplishes this through retaining a talented staff with focused and disciplined accounting operations in compliance with Florida Statutes.
Strategic Planning & Budget Section supports the operations of the Sheriff by preparing, analyzing, and managing the agency’s annual budget, developing, updating and advising on the long term strategic plan, and applying for and managing grant funding opportunities. This section is staffed by a director who oversees all aspects of planning, budgeting, and grant management, including hands on development of the annual budget.
The Agency’s Budget Analyst assists with the development of the annual budget in addition to providing in depth analysis and forecasting. The Budget Analyst also works in conjunction with the grant coordinator and strategic planner/grant writer during the grant application process.
The Grant Coordinator is responsible for all the overall grant management, from research and application, through award and compliance. The Grant Coordinator works closely with granting agencies to conduct monitoring reviews of grant funded programs.
The Strategic Planner/Grant Writer assists with grant research and application submission, in addition to conducting research and in depth analytical information to support the development and updating of the agency’s strategic plan.