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Biography of: Major Michael L. Allen 

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  • 2002-         Troy State University, Master of Public Administration, Summa Cum Laude
  • 1992/93-    University of Florida- Enrolled Doctoral Program in Psychology
  • 1992-         University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
  • 1992-         Polk Community College, Associate of Arts degree, Psychology
  • 1986-         Graduate of Bartow Senior High School.

 Professional Experience:

  • 1994 – Employed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a certified Detention Deputy
  • 1998 – Detention Deputy Inspector, Professional Standards Unit
  • 1999 – Promoted to Detention Sergeant
  • 2002 – Promoted to Detention Lieutenant
  • 2006 – Promoted to Detention Captain
  • 2010 – Promoted to Detention Major, Commander, Security Division


  Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Certified Jail Manager
  • Graduate- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program, Session 10
  • Certified Public Manager
  • Certified Jail Inspector Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Member American Jail Association
  • Florida Society of Certified Public Managers
  • County Jail Inspection Team

Community/Civic Affiliations:

  • Member of Kiwanis Bartow Chapter
  • Board of Directors Bartow Kiwanis