Gerald M. Bailey was appointed Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Dec. 5, 2006, by Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served as FDLE's Interim Commissioner.
Commissioner Bailey has more than 35 years of law enforcement and investigative experience, including a long career with FDLE. While at FDLE, he has held many leadership positions, including Deputy Executive Director, Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Inspector General, Director of Division of Staff Services, Chief of Crime Laboratories, Research and Development Supervisor, and Special Agent.
Commissioner Bailey served as a trooper for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and served as executive director of the Florida’s Crime Commission within the Executive Office of the Governor. He has served as a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) assessor/team leader for both state and local law enforcement agencies.
He has served on various boards including the FBI National Academy Graduates Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism, Governor’s Drug Policy Task Force, the Florida Innocence Commission and the Florida Medical Examiner’s Commission.
Commissioner Bailey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in public administration from The Florida State University.