Colonel Mike Brown is a veteran law enforcement officer and currently serves as the Undersheriff at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. He has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, a master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Saint Leo University, and has obtained well over 1,200 hours of specialized law enforcement training.
Throughout his career, Colonel Brown has proven to be an industry leader at the local and state level. In 1993, Colonel Brown began his career as a law enforcement officer at the HCSO. In the trenches, he served in patrol, investigations, juvenile, and crime prevention operations. He is highly decorated, including being awarded Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 1998. He rose through the ranks at the HCSO supervising virtually every facet of the organization.
Additionally, Colonel Brown worked at the State Attorney’s Office for the Tenth Judicial Circuit for eight years, leaving as the Assistant Chief of Investigations. He conducted some of the most sensitive and high-profile cases for State Attorney Jerry Hill during his tenure. His M.B.A. has also served him well in the private sector, operating his own company for 15 years as a real estate developer, consultant, and contractor.
Sheriff Paul Blackman recruited Mike Brown home from the State Attorney’s Office in 2017. Colonel Brown serves as the Undersheriff and is responsible for all operations at the HCSO to include the administration, law enforcement, and detention bureaus. He directly supervises the Special Operations Division in addition to his other responsibilities.
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