Sheriff James L. Manfre
Jim Manfre's career in law began shortly after his graduation from Fordham University, Bronx, New York. He spent four years as an investigator and trial preparation assistant for the Bronx and Kings Counties, New York District Attorney while attending St. Johns University School of Law, Queens, New York, graduating in 1984. He then spent twelve years as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, New York. He and his family then moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 1999, and from 2001 to 2005 he served as Flagler County Sheriff, bringing a new level of professionalism and excellence to the government agency. In 2006 he was admitted to the Florida Bar and practiced law in Flagler County until his election again as Sheriff of Flagler County in 2012.
While serving as Sheriff from 2001 to 2005 Manfre established the Community Oriented Policing (COP) policy, which promoted proactive policing methods such as consistent patrolling and communication in our neighborhoods and coordinated neighborhood watch groups with the patrol officer assigned to the area. He encouraged youth programs such as PAL and used criminal statistics to find where crime was being committed in order to plan extra patrols. This policy resulted in a 15% reduction in the crime rate during his term even while the population grew by 40%.
The establishment by Sheriff Manfre during his previous term of a swat team, a traffic enforcement unit, a drug enforcement unit, a gang unit and an anti-crime unit were part of his proactive methods to upgrade and increase community protection and awareness of a strong police presence in Flagler County.
Having a strong background in leadership, business and budget management, Sheriff Manfre also implemented a zero-based budgeting policy that required each department head to submit a budget based on actual need and made each department head responsible for adhering to their budget.
He also created a Palm Coast Precinct and a Hammock Substation so that deputies could be deployed closer to the communities they served rather than having to travel up to a half hour from Bunnell.
Another highlight of his previous administration was the pursuit of a teamwork approach to all law enforcement agencies serving the community, which resulted in good working relationships with the State Attorney's office, the FBI, FHP, FDLE, ATF and the other municipal police departments.
Sheriff Manfre's extensive community service background includes member and Past President of the Flagler County Rotary, member of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Business Issues Committee, member of the Flagler County Visioning Committee, member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation and the Santa Marie del Mar Church Parish Advisory Council in Flagler Beach, Florida.
Sheriff Manfre's Position Papers