Tabitha McDonald named new government affairs coordinator for Fla. Sheriff’s Assoc.

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The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announced the selection of Tabitha McDonald to fill the role of Government Affairs Coordinator. Under the direction of Assistant Executive Director of Operations Sarrah Carroll, McDonald will be responsible for coordinating Sheriff’s personnel assigned to legislative issues, as well as researching and managing the Association policy development process. She will also work on the implementation of new laws and coordinate with FSA’s partners in preparation for future legislation. 

“The skills and experience Tabitha brings to the table will be a valued asset to FSA,” said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. “Her presence here will help strengthen the voice of Florida’s Sheriffs in the halls of government.”

This will mark the first time FSA has had a dedicated Government Affairs Coordinator; a role previously handled by the Assistant Executive Director of Operations.

McDonald has served as an analyst for Criminal Justice Committees in both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. During this time she authored legislation to prevent human trafficking and analyzed legislation related to the Florida Department of Corrections, reentry issues and sexual offenders. In her four years working in government she has collaborated with House and Senate staff, legislators, agencies and advocates to create and improve legislation.

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