John Czernis | CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
John Czernis serves as Partner and Chief Compliance Officer to The Integrity Group and is actively involved in the company’s service offerings through Blue Sky Florida (Emergency Mgt.); Detail Prime (Secondary Duty Services); and Capital Assurance Professionals (corporate & governmental compliance services).
Czernis brings more than 46 years of public and private sector experience serving in positions of successively greater responsibility and leadership in state and local law enforcement, government compliance, and non-profit executive management.
Before joining The Integrity Group, Mr. Czernis served as the Chief of Investigations for the Office of the Chief Inspector General for the State of Florida, Office of the Governor. Mr. Czernis was responsible for investigations related to allegations of misconduct, malfeasance, and misfeasance. He was also responsible for conducting compliance reviews regarding issues falling under the mandate of the Chief Inspector General.
Mr. Czernis served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He was integrally involved in strategic direction, management, and policy issues as well as project design and program oversight. Prior to this role, he oversaw the Training, Information Sharing, and Multimedia departments within the company. Also, Mr. Czernis was the lead associate on the IIR team that was responsible for management of the VALOR Initiative, a national officer-safety project developed at the direction of the U.S. Attorney General.
Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Czernis served as Colonel and Director of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and was responsible for providing leadership and direction to more than 2200 sworn and nonsworn positions. He was responsible for the state’s law enforcement mission of highway safety. He served as a liaison between the division and other local, state, and federal agencies on law enforcement issues. He encouraged a responsible and functional working relationship among the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida sheriffs and chiefs of police, and other state and federal law enforcement agency chief executives through collegial cooperation and assistance.
During his tenure with FHP, Mr. Czernis served on several commissions, boards and committees focused on public safety. He served as a Commissioner on the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, as a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board, as the law enforcement representative on the International Board of Directors for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and as a member of the Governor’s Drug Policy Advisory Board. He also served as an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
During his career with the Florida Highway Patrol, he also served Deputy Director of Special Operations Command managing the Patrol’s budget, personnel and administrative functions; as Chief Investigator managing the Patrol’s criminal, administrative and professional compliance investigations; Chief Training Officer; and as the Grants, Accreditation, and Policy Administrator. His field experience spanned seventeen years beginning as a trooper in 1977. He promoted through the ranks serving in field command and leadership positions until retiring from FHP in 2011.
Mr. Czernis is a 1981 graduate of Rollins College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a 2005 graduate of the Florida State University with a Master of Public Administration degree. He attended the Sixth Session of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and is a 2005 graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Institute Chief Executive Seminar. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – State and Provincial Division, and a past member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association.
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