Val Demings served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department, the first woman to hold the position. She was the Democratic nominee in 2012 to represent Florida’s 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. She attended Florida State University, graduating with a degree in criminology in 1979.
After graduating from college, Demings worked as a social worker in Jacksonville for 18 months. In 1983, she applied for a job with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), and she began with the department on patrol in Orlando’s west side.
Demings was appointed as Chief of the OPD in December 2007, becoming the first woman to lead the department. ] As Chief, she was credited with reducing violent crime in Orlando. She retired from the position effective June 1, 2011, after serving with the OPD for 27 years
The Florida Democratic Party created the LEAD (Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats) Task Force, which will work to retool and strengthen the Party’s brand, bolster candidate recruitment efforts, and improve field and outreach performance heading into the pivotal 2016 presidential election.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings
Plus 20 members, including former FDP Chair Rod Smith.
The LEAD Task Force will analyze the 2014 election results and deliver recommendations on steps Florida Democrats must take to compete in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 gubernatorial race. The LEAD Task Force will have 3 strategic goals when completing its review and offering recommendations.
- Review best practices for candidate recruitment for local, state and federal offices.
- Examine data and digital footprint to ensure new technologies are being utilized.
- Assess field and turnout operations and recommend steps to improve performance.
The Task Force will deliver its recommendations at the 2015 Leadership Blue weekend, June 19-21.
The meeting will be at 7:15 P.M. At the Acropol Restaurant 1170 Starkey Rd., Largo