2019 Board Recognitions

expand Date: 2/5/2019

02-05-19 Jill Turner Recognition
Jill Turner has dedicated her entire professional life to improving the lives of children; and

WHEREAS, Jill has actively served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, providing admirable and devoted service for 38 years; and

WHEREAS, Jill has been influential in bringing awareness of child abuse to the community by advocating for children and providing them a safe place to be heard; and

WHEREAS, Jill has lent her expertise to the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers where she previously served as Board Chair and Treasurer; and

WHEREAS, Jill’s team approach to putting an end to child abuse and neglect has been reflected in the agency’s strong working relationships with the Department of Children and Families, local law enforcement agencies, the State Attorney’s Office, and funding partners such as United Way and Lee County Human & Veteran Services; and

WHEREAS, Jill has announced her plan to retire on March 1 of this year;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby convey our appreciation for her service and outstanding contributions to Lee County and wants to thank Jill Turner for her hard work and commitment to our community.


02-05-19 Stephen B. Russell Recognition
Since 1976, Stephen B. Russell has served the citizens of Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties as a dedicated and focused prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, prosecuting more than 2,000 criminal cases and supervising the prosecution of tens of thousands more; and

Whereas, Stephen B. Russell’s “victims first” attitude and tenacious support of law enforcement were rewarded in September 2002 when voters elected him as the State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, and then reelected him time-and-time again, until his retirement in 2018; and

Whereas, under his direction, the State Attorney’s Office unfailingly supported strong and effective mental health and drug courts, Veterans Courts, diversion programs, vigorously prosecuted elder exploitation crimes, and challenged the scourge of human trafficking; and

Whereas, under Stephen B. Russell’s leadership, our five-county circuit enjoys the lowest crime rate of all the 20 judicial circuits, including violent crime, in the State of Florida;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim February 5, 2019 as STEPHEN B. RUSSELL DAY in Lee County and wishes to express its recognition and respect for the invaluable contributions that Stephen B. Russell has made to our community. 

expand Date: 1/15/2019

01-15-19 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month
January 2019 has been designated as National Human
Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month by the federal
government; and

Whereas, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and community organizations founded one of the first human trafficking task forces in the country in 2005 which continues to be actively involved in the fight against modern day slavery through the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition and the U.S. Attorney's Human Trafficking Task Force; and

Whereas, the State of Florida is recognized as one of three states with the highest incidence of human trafficking in the nation; and

Whereas, federal, state and local law enforcement and local organizations such as the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition, Abuse Counseling Treatment, Catholic Charities, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, FSW State College, FGCU, Hodges University and Lee Memorial Health System are working collaboratively to build awareness through community and educational events, prevention programs for youth and trainings for businesses and medical facilities; and

Whereas, a program for youth, “Prevention Power” will be held at the Stars Complex on January 12, 2019; FSW will be hosting an outdoor community exhibition, “Bought and Sold” January 16 through February 1, 2019;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County.


01-15-19 Length of Service Awards
01-15-19 Length of Service Awards