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Biography of: Scott Wilder 

Office of Communications 
 

Education:

  • Master of Public Administration, Troy University, 2007
  • Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Senior Leadership Program, 2003-2004
  • Certified Public Manager Program, Florida Center for Public Management, 2003-2004
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Stetson University in Deland, FL, 1984
  • Winter Haven High School, Class of 1980
  • Certifications and Training:
  • Police-Media Relations, Citizens Police Academy & Community Involvement
  • The Public Safety Institute at Rollins College, Community Policing, Crime Prevention
  • Florida Crime Prevention Institute, Tourism Security and Safety
  •  Institute of Police Technology and Management, Law Enforcement Video Production, and Total Quality Leadership.

Professional Experience:

  • 1993-1994, Community Services/Business Relations
  • 1994-1997, Public Information Officer
  • 1997-2002, Executive Aide to the Sheriff
  • 2002-Present, Director of the Office of Communications
  • Wilder was responsible for launching & coordinated the TRIAD & S.A.L.T. Council Programs in Polk County (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together). He co-developed and launched the Sheriff’s Leadership Council Program. He developed, organized, launched, and coordinated Polk County Crime Stoppers. Has served on a number of Special Projects Teams, including the South County Jail Project, Pay For Performance Project, and Education Committee, among others. Has headed the PCSO United Way Campaign & Day of Caring. Has been involved in government relations work representing the Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Sheriff’s Association. Appointed and served on Polk County’s original Charter Commission. He is a strong supporter of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches (Builder), Stetson University, and the United Way. He has received a number of unit, section, department and Sheriff’s commendations. He has twice earned the Meritorious Service Medal.

Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Builder
  • Law Enforcement Video Association
  • Florida Crime Prevention Association
  • Polk County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors
  • Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • National Information Officers Association
  • Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association