Liza is a Lee County native. She was born, raised and continues to call Lee County home.  Liza began serving the court system fresh out of high school.  Literally, she graduated on a Thursday and started working the following Monday!  Her career began with the Lee County Clerk of Court's office, Criminal Division.  Liza graduated from Edison Community College with an Associate of Arts, May 2000 with a major in Criminal Justice and from Florida Gulf Coast University in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and an emphasis in Forensic Psychology.  Liza has two children that keep her busy and she is looking forward to the next adventure of parenting!

In 1999, Liza was intrigued by a Court Investigator position with the Administrative Office of the Courts Court Investigations, which is now Pretrial Services and decided to pursue her next venture.  In 2004, Liza was promoted to Pretrial Services Manager. In 2007, Liza was promoted to Deputy Criminal Justice Director.  In 2012, Liza was promoted to Criminal Division Director.  The division is composed of the Lee County Pretrial Services Department, which is a 24/7 operation, and the Lee County Probation Department. 

Since 2007, Liza has served on the Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida and is the current Southwest Regional Director.  In addition, Liza is an active member of NAPSA and FL PAC. In November 2007, Liza earned status as a Certified Court Manager through the National Center for State Courts. 

Under Liza’s leadership, the Lee County Pretrial Services Department gained accreditation in June of 2009 through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission and earned re-accreditation in June of 2012. Lee County is one of only five agencies in the state to be accredited.

 In 2010, the department was awarded a no cost BJA grant which led to the complete implementation of a validated risk instrument. In February 2010, Liza was selected to attend the New Pretrial Executives training provided by the National Institute of Corrections. In October 2010, Liza was again selected by the National Institute of Corrections to attend “Assessing Local Pretrial Justice Functions”.

In 2011, the department was awarded with a NACO achievement award for the Criminal Case Management program.  In February 2012, Liza earned her certification as a Certified Pretrial Services Professional (CPSP) through the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.

The Lee County Pretrial Services Department began as a program under the Administrative Office of the Courts, 20th Judicial Circuit, in 1988. Pretrial Services provides case management support to the 13 judges assigned to the criminal division in Lee County, along with the Chief Judge and Administrative Circuit Judge.  The mission of Pretrial Services is to provide comprehensive case management services to the Judiciary, from case inception to case disposition, via professional staff committed to the highest standards of excellence.

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