NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


Lt. Ron Gay

      Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Ron Gay is one of the country's newest graduates of the FBI National Academy. Lt. Gay is one of 256 members of law enforcement, military, or federal civilian organizations to successfully complete eleven weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training at Quantico Virginia.

      Lt. Gay began his career in law enforcement in 1979, as an Air Force Security Police Officer. He has been in civilian law enforcement for the past 23 years, 22 years of that with the OCSO.

      Lt. Gay says the intense academics will boost his ability to deal with complex law enforcement management issues and to oversee his current responsibility for Sheriff Charlie Morris as Inspector of the Office of Professional Standards and Training.

      "I was most impressed with the quality and value of the coursework", said Lt. Gay. "Another highlight for me is the enhanced networking I now have with fellow law enforcement officers nationwide.  With this new wealth of contacts, we're already sharing additional ideas and information. I think that will allow us to boost our contributions to our agencies and communities."