Gerald M. Bailey FDLE Commissioner
||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, Bailey served as FDLE's Interim Commissioner and previously served as the Inspector General for the Florida Lottery for seven years.
Bailey has more than 30 years of law enforcement and investigative experience, including a long career with FDLE. While at FDLE, Bailey held many leadership positions, including Deputy Executive Director (1997-99), Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (1994-97), Inspector General (1988-94), Director of Division of Staff Services (1979-82), Chief of Crime Laboratories (1977-79), Research and Development Supervisor (1973-77), and Special Agent (1970-1973).
Bailey also worked as a state trooper for the North Carolina State Patrol for one year and served as executive director of the Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement Study Commission within the Office of the Governor from 1987-88. He has served as a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) assessor/team leader for 18 different local and state law enforcement agencies.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Bailey was Chief Executive Officer for Country Cross-Stitch, Inc. from 1982-87. In this role, he was responsible for the administration and operations of a publishing company with domestic and international distribution to 3,500 retailers and wholesalers.
Bailey 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, and the Florida Medical Examiner’s Commission.
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 Florida State University.