Dr. Stefan W. Vaughn has served in a variety of criminal justice capacities during his 20+ years of professional service in Florida and currently serves as the Director of Public Safety and appointed Chief Correctional Officer in Okaloosa County. In these roles, Dr. Vaughn directs all operations of the County’s medium-sized correctional facility as well as the divisions of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, and Beach Safety. The Okaloosa County Department of Corrections operates under the auspices of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners and received its fourth FCAC reaccreditation in October 2016.

Dr. Vaughn holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with a specialization in diversity studies (e.g., race, ethnicity, poverty, socioeconomics, etc.), a Master of Science in Administration, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management. Dr. Vaughn has published academic work pertaining to research ethics involving prison populations, cultural diversity training, ethnocultural empathy, and campus policing at public universities in Florida. Dr. Vaughn is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program from the Florida Center for Public Management at The Florida State University as well as the Chief Executive (Class 49) and Senior Leadership (Class 17) programs of the Criminal Justice Executive Training Institute at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Dr. Vaughn currently serves in several leadership roles within Okaloosa County, including the Public Safety Coordinating Council, Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board, and the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee for the Okaloosa County School District. Dr. Vaughn previously served with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 15 years in progressively responsible roles within Field Services, Criminal Investigations, and Court/Detention Services.

Chief Vaughn’s first appointment to the Commission ends in 2020.

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