Director Todd Everly began his public service career at the young age of 19 where he worked with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Corrections Facility. At the age of 20, he joined the Cape Coral Police Department and was promoted through the ranks becoming an Assistant Chief of Police in 2006. He since retired on September 2008 after serving a 25-year career in law enforcement.
Mr. Everly graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University in Liberal Studies and an Associate of Science degree from Edison Community College in Criminal Justice.
Mr. Everly is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police (Session 25) , the Administrative Officers Management Program from North Carolina State University, the Executive Leadership Program held by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Commanders Course held by the Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research & Training Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, Department of Homeland Security.
Robert Martin is a criminal justice professional with 22+ years of progressively responsible and successful experience serving the public as a State Corrections Officer. He supervised many aspects of the department of corrections including close management, confinement, youthful offender, work squads, control room, yard, dormitory, etc. Robert Martin was a state C.E.R.T. member for twelve years and graduated from FBI sniper school, Sniper Craft Sniper School and was a certified repel master. He has trained many aspects of tactical training as well as training with multiple SWAT teams including FBI Hostage Rescue Team.
Robert Martin became a certified instructor and began training criminal justice officers beginning in 1994, instructing basic recruit classes since 1998 and advanced and specialized classes since 2001. He became an adjunct instructor for the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy in 2002 and became the Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor in 2007. He has developed specialized classes for criminal justice officers including tactical ground fighting and defensive tactics for plain clothes detectives. In 2010 Mr. Martin was offered the opportunity to be the Corrections Coordinator.
John (Jack) Thomson, Jr. is a veteran police officer with over thirty years of law enforcement experience ranging from New York City to Fort Myers, FL. He trained at the New York City Police Academy in 1980 and immediately began working with the NYCPD in both uniformed and undercover operations in mid-town Manhattan. Mr. Thomson was promoted to the rank of Detective and served the Central Robbery Units in Manhattan and Queens before joining the Technical Assistance Response Unit (T.A.R.U.). He is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in police work as well as police officer and detective of the month.
Mr. Thomson relocated to Florida and completed his Equivalency of Training Program in 2003 and began working with the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD). He is a member of the FMPD Honor Guard and FMPD Hostage Negotiations Unit. He was awarded the Life Saving Medal in 2004, Exceptional Service Medal in 2005, and an Honorable Service Medal in 2006.
Southwest Florida Public Service Academy
Jason Martin is the Fire Academy Coordinator
Jason Martin began his public service career in 1997. He began working with Lee County EMS, he then attended Fort Myers Fire Academy and was hired by Iona McGregor Fire District. He has been promoted through the ranks and is currently a Lieutenant/Paramedic. Jason also serves as a Rescue Officer with USAR FL-TF6.
Jason Martin has been an instructor for the Fort Myers Fire Academy for over 10 years. Jason has an extensive training background and has been the lead instructor in several disciplines. Jason has also been the advanced class coordinator for the past several years. In June of 2014 Jason was given the opportunity to be the coordinator.