Space Coast Public Service Awards Recognizes Ronald L. Clark With Lifetime Achievement Award
By BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller // August 20, 2016
SPACE COAST PSA HALL OF FAME NOMINEE
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers and risk takers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common-good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.
The Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where they significantly advanced the public safety or service profession, and by substantial service, has furthered the cause of justice and the mission of community service. The award is presented to a deserving individual (living or deceased) who has taken a long-term leadership role in a public or community service profession. Recipients of this award are recognized for making extraordinary contributions and sacrifices through a body of work that positively impacted their organization and community over their lifetime.
CLARK’S CAREER SPANNED FOUR DECADES
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The public service career of Ronald L. Clark has spanned four decades of dedicated service, with agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. Each employment opportunity resulted in Clark assuming a leadership position, where his vision and innovation became the catalyst for improvement, refinement, and excellence.
Hundreds of public safety personnel have been mentored and developed by Clark, with many assuming positions of leadership in a variety of organizations. The early development of these law enforcement leaders by Ron has helped to ensure our communities are served and protected to the benefit of all.
As a Brevard County resident for more than 50 years, Clark has been a contributing member of many civic organizations and has supported countless community projects for the betterment of citizens and visitors to this area. Family values and quality of life have been constant measures in both his personal and professional life.
Our community owes a great deal of gratitude to Clark. His entire working life has been dedicated to the service of others. Whether in the position of Chief Investigator at the municipal level, or as the Chief Deputy at the county level, the service level of law enforcement improved under his watchful eye. The community benefited from that dedication, and the development of his successors continues that trend even today.
Ron Clark’s many accomplishments and contributions include:
• United States Army (1961-1964): Military service with European assignments. Honorable Discharge.
Private Security (1965 – 1968): Employment with security contractors at Kennedy Space Center.
• Titusville Police Department (1969 – 1980): TPD became a model which other agencies emulated, and many of the officers that trained under his work ethic became managers and leaders of other public safety organizations.
• Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (January 1981 – December 1996): Clark was brought into the Sheriff’s Office by then-Sheriff Jake Miller in the position of Chief Deputy in 1981. Early on, his vision and focus helped to transition the organization by creating new service programs, enhancing existing programs, and addressing staffing deficiencies.
Under the managerial oversight of Chief Clark, law enforcement service contracts with municipalities were created. The concept of Task Force participation was expanded with both local municipalities and federal agencies. Equipment and training needs were addressed agency-wide.
A long-ignored dilemma within the corrections facility was addressed under the managerial eye of Chief Clark. A facility upgrade, needed equipment and better training of the workforce were all realized improvements. During his tenure, Chief Clark graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy. He left the Sheriff’s Office in 1996, with the agency in far superior shape than at the time of his entrance some 16 years earlier.
• Office of the State Attorney-18th Judicial Circuit (1997 – 2000): Clark was hired by then State Attorney Norm Wolfinger for the position of SAO Investigator. His outstanding rapport with Central Florida law enforcement agencies proved to be of great benefit to both sides of the equation. The Office of the State Attorney utilized his capabilities in the Brevard and Seminole offices of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit to the benefit of the entire Criminal Justice community.
• Department of Justice/HIDTA (2003 – 2006): This federally-funded concept utilizes intelligence resources to support law enforcement efforts to combat organized illicit drug activities. Based upon his reputation, experience and prior law enforcement service, Clark joined the Central Florida HIDTA office as Deputy Director in 2003. While he subsequently entered full retirement in 2006, the continued success of this innovative program continues today as a testament to the professional guidance provided by such individuals as Ronald Lee Clark.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Space Coast Daily is very proud to sponsor and produce the first annual Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, which will be held Saturday, September 24 at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne. With all the seemingly endless politically-charged negative rhetoric in the media aimed at our first responders, we felt it was time as a media entity to make a statement and give these men and women the respect and support they deserve. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this compelling event where all proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity.
Seating for this celebration of these outstanding public servants is now available, so don’t delay in making your reservation. The festivities will include a meet-and-greet with our outstanding public servants, food and drink, and the induction proceeding – which will feature compelling video tributes.
All proceeds of this event will go to the Brevard County Public Safety Charity which benefits our law enforcement officers and firefighters in their time of need. These funds will help our public safety members when they face critical challenges such as medical emergencies, long term illness or even the tragedy of a line of duty death. This charity organization is designed to help protect those that protect us.
For additional information about the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, please contact Sue Parker at Sue.Parker@BCSO.us.
– Tom Palermo, Space Coast Daily President & Publisher
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, call 321-615-8111 or 321-323-4460 for more information.