Stefan W. Vaughn has served in a variety of criminal justice capacities during his 18 years of professional service in Okaloosa County and is currently the appointed Chief Correctional Officer. In this role, Chief Vaughn directs all operations of the County’s medium-sized correctional facility and related inmate programs. 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.

Chief Vaughn holds an Educational Specialist’s Degree (post-masters) in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master’s Degree in Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management. Chief Vaughn and his wife, Shelby, are currently finishing doctoral studies at the University of West Florida, where they specialize in curriculum and instruction relating to diversity studies (e.g., race, ethnicity, poverty, socioeconomics, inclusion, etc.). Chief Vaughn has also published academic work pertaining to research ethics involving prison populations.

Chief 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.

Chief 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 Criminal Justice Steering Committee at Northwest Florida State College. Chief Vaughn further serves his local community in a law enforcement capacity as a part-time reserve deputy sheriff with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, where he was previously employed 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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