Leadership Palm Beach County Update

By Debra Chandler

Deb ChandlerAfter a two-day orientation retreat in early September, intense learning was due to begin later that month.  Due to “Irma,” the first of the nine scheduled sessions was postponed until May.  We began with session two.

Debra Chandler, League Vice President, attended her first comprehensive session of Leadership’s “Engage” Program on public safety on October 11, 2017.  The morning began at 7:45 a.m. by boarding a bus to Palm Beach State College.  Over breakfast, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sheriff Rick Bradshaw addressed the 55-member class of future community leaders on public safety issues facing the county.  A tour of the Police Academy gun range and the Fire Academy followed, including a demonstration of fire extinguisher use.

The next stop was the Palm Beach County Courthouse for a demonstration of prisoner transport.  A deputy with several years of experience explained how and why the restraints are used.  Several of our class had the “privilege” of trying on the chains.  A bomb-sniffing dog, who scored 100% on the tests, was the hit of the morning.

After another bus ride, this time to the jail on Gun Club Road, lunch was served.  Speakers for this portion were Public Defender Carey Haughwout and Chief Deputy Mike Gauger.  Their discussion was lively and very informative.  Lack of mental illness treatment and identification was a common thread in the criminal justice discussion.  A tour of the jail followed.

Participants were transported back to their cars at 4:30 p.m. after a full day of learning and networking.