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MEET THE LAKELAND CHIEF OF POLICE
Our January 8th meeting will be hybrid. Join us at noon at The Club at Eaglebrooke with Lakeland Police Chief Ruben Garcia OR register to be with us virtually.
Chief Garcia has 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Lakeland Police Department. He began his career at the Lakeland Police Department in April of 1987 after serving four years with the Second Marine Division of the United States Marine Corps. Chief Garcia, who has served as one of the agency’s three Assistant Chiefs for the past three years, was officially sworn in as the Lakeland Police Chief in January of 2019.
Garcia has a long list of past assignments as he has progressively advanced in the Lakeland Police Department. These assignments include: Uniform Police Officer, SWAT Officer, Narcotics Officer, FDLE Fugitive Task Force, Drug K-9 Handler, Criminal Intelligence Officer, DEA Task Force Officer, SWAT Team Sergeant, K-9 Unit Sergeant, HIDTA Task Force Sergeant, Uniformed Patrol Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Commanding Officer of the Uniform Patrol Division and Commanding Officer of the Neighborhood Services Bureau. He also has an extensive list of training assignments on his resume including the most recent Florida Police Chief’s Future Police Chiefs Training Seminar he attended in 2018.
Chief Garcia has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from St. Leo University and has completed the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program through Florida State University, the State of Florida Certified Public Manager Program and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a certified criminal justice high liability instructor in both firearms and defensive tactics and a Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional.
OUR FEBRUARY 8TH GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE THE HONORABLE ROBERT FEGERS
Our February 12th meeting will also be hybrid. Join us at the Club at Eaglebrooke as we welcome our guest speaker, the Honorable Robert Fegers who will share his journey to becoming an author.
Judge Fegers, author of 'Grant Justice, the untold story of the finest attorney of a generation', received his undergraduate degree in 1979 from Florida State University, with majors in finance and pre-law, and his juris doctorate degree in 1983 from South Texas College of Law. Before his ascension to the county court bench in 2011, he worked in private practice for approximately 25 years.
He has been licensed to practice law in all of the state courts of Florida, the Middle District of the Federal District Court of Florida, the Federal District Court of Colorado, the 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. As an attorney, he litigated cases throughout Florida and across the country. In private practice, he also served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Florida Bar, a hearing officer and a special master.
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Lakeland Bar Monthly Meetings...
Now you have TWO ways to stay connected and safe!
Lakeland Bar Association will now be offering TWO ways to stay connected at our monthly meeting. We are going HYBRID… This means, based upon your preference, you will be able to enjoy a meal and our program at the Club at Eaglebrooke OR you can ZOOM with us from the comfort of your office or home.
Here are the guidelines for each option:
1. Join us at the Club at Eaglebrooke at NOON on the second Friday of each month. ONLY 40 attendees will be admitted AND each attendee will need to register to attend. Meals will be staff served and each table will have limited seating for continued safety. Our speakers may be virtual at this meeting but it will provide those who are comfortable with an opportunity for socializing.
2. Join us via a ZOOM meeting and watch the meeting while eating your lunch from the comforts of your office or home. Each attendee will need to register to attend and a link and password will be sent to you.
President - Barbara Davis