HIGH SPRINGS ‒ W Sheppard 32 1 scaledHigh Springs Police Chief J. Antoine Sheppard has been selected to be the new District #17 Director for the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA). District #17 encompasses six counties including Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion and Putnam. District Director is the liaison between FPCA and other police chiefs.

Sheppard has been a member of the Florida Police Chief Association for several years. “As a result, I have briefly met many of Florida's top leaders, such as U.S. Senator Rick Scott and Governor Ron DeSantis,” said Sheppard.

Explaining his new appointment Sheppard said, “My leadership role is geared toward advocating for law enforcement and the public by influencing legislation and policies in Tallahassee. Although my new role will slightly increase my workload, my heart and mind remain in High Springs, where my primary job is protecting and serving our citizens.”

The previous District #17 Director was Santa Fe College Police Chief Ed Book, who relinquished his role after being elected as City Commissioner to the City of Gainesville Commission.

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the third largest state police chiefs’ association in the United States and is composed of more than 1,000 of the state’s top law enforcement executives and members.

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