OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
The members of the Board of Directors serve in support of LETTR’s public safety mission and are not compensated in any fashion.
Marshal William Berger – Director
Bill Berger was sworn in as the United States Marshal for the Middle District of Florida on February 9, 2011, having been nominated by the President of the Unites States. The District is comprised of five divisions located in Tampa, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and Ft. Myers. Marshal Berger began his law enforcement career in 1974 with the City of Miami Police Department. He worked his way through the ranks to become Police Captain before leaving the department to serve as Chief of the North Miami Beach Police Department from 1989 to 2004. From 2004 to 2011, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Palm Bay, Florida. Marshal Berger was named Florida Police Chief of the Year in 1992, 2003, and 2006 and was given the prestigious President’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2008. He also had the distinction of serving as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2001 and 2002 and was President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 1996 and 1997. Marshal Berger is a recognized subject matter expert in police practices both in state and federal court and for the United States Justice Department and is an instructor in the areas of Forensics, Police Use of Deadly Force and Technology. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from St. Thomas University in Miami, and earned a law degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in 2003. Marshal Berger is also a graduate and Pickett Fellowship recipient of the prestigious Harvard University/J.F.K. School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in Government, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (30th Session), PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (19th Session), the 132nd Session of the FBI National Academy.
Sheriff Dennis Lemma – Director
Sheriff Dennis Lemma became Sheriff of Seminole County on January 3, 2017. As Sheriff, he directs the agency’s enforcement, investigative, correctional, juvenile, and support services, leading a work force of more than 1,300 employees and managing a $125 million budget.
Sheriff Lemma received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He also attended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Chief Executive Institute in Tallahassee, Florida.
Admiral Al Harms – Director
Al Harms received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois and his Master of Science degree in Statistics from Texas A&M University. Commissioned into the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Program, he completed flight training and served in various A-6 Intruder squadrons prior to commanding Attack Squadron 75, USS Shreveport (LPD-12) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68). A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Test Pilot School and the NATO Defense College, Mr. Harms was promoted to Flag (General Officer) rank in 1996 and had five follow-on assignments including Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, and Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Honolulu, Hawaii. Vice Admiral Harms concluded his career as Commander, Naval Education and Training Command, and transitioned from active duty in January 2005. As the Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Navy, he led a broad transformation of all Navy education and training, including world-wide organizational realignment, expanded distributed learning capabilities, enhanced IT support systems, and comprehensive curricula re-engineering centered on human performance principles and the science of learning. From 2005 to 2013, Admiral Harms served as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Initiatives and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Central Florida. In addition to his responsibilities on the University’s senior leadership team, he was actively involved in leading-edge research at the University’s Institute for Simulation and Training, and served on various academic, scientific, corporate and philanthropic boards across the nation.
Chief Joseph Hellebrand – Director
Joe Hellebrand is a member of the Command Staff of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. He is the former Chief of Police of the Canaveral Port Authority Police Department and former Deputy Chief of the Melbourne (Florida) Police Department where he had 30 years of service. Chief Hellebrand has served in a variety of positions to include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, SWAT Officer and Team Leader, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Emergency Services Team Commander, District Commander, Commander, and Deputy Chief of Police. Chief Hellebrand has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has completed over 4,000 hours of law enforcement training. He is a graduate of the 197th Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. Chief Hellebrand is a founding member of the Florida Law Enforcement Data Sharing Consortium and is largely responsible for bringing Florida’s Space Coast police agencies into the post-9/11 information sharing effort. He is currently the Chairman of the Consortium having served as its Vice Chair for several years. In 2013 Chief Hellebrand was elected by his peers to the National Executive Board of the FBI National Academy Associates and will ascend through the chairs to National President in 2021. He is also an instructor for the Police Standards and Training Commission and has taught Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement related classes at the College level and at the Police Academy.
Chief Carl Metzger – Director
Carl Metzger is the Chief of Police of the University of Central Florida Police Department. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Florida and his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. Chief Metzger also completed the DEA’s Narcotics Commanders’ Course in Quantico, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 39th Command Officers Development Course. Chief Metzger began his career at the Orlando Police Department in January 1989 and worked numerous assignments, ultimately retiring with the rank of Deputy Chief. His final assignment with the Orlando Police Department was Patrol Services Bureau Commander, where he was responsible for nearly 400 sworn police officers and employees, five police substations and a service area of approximately 110 square miles. Upon his retirement from the Orlando Police Department after serving for 26 years, he was hired by the University of Central Florida Police Department as Deputy Chief and served as Operations Bureau Commander with responsibility for the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Special Investigations Unit, K-9 Unit, Intelligence Unit, Fleet, and the Victim Services Unit. He was named Chief of Police of the University of Central Florida Police Department in June, 2018. Chief Metzger is a member of the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association, the Florida Police Chief’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).