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Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

11/18/2020 08:00 AM to 11/18/2020 09:00 AM

Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton - Zone 2 Commander for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton is a 20+ year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. She holds the distinctions of having been the 4th African American female to obtain the rank of police sergeant, 2nd to rank of police lieutenant and the 4th to be appointed as an Assistant Chief in the over 190 years of law enforcement in Duval County. Her life came full circle, in 2015 when she became the First Female Executive Director of the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (PAL), a youth serving nonprofit established over 47 years ago.  Lakesha attended PAL at the age of 15 as a troubled teen mom with her one year old along her side. Playing basketball at PAL would years later be the catalyst to her receiving a full scholarship to play college basketball. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and later earned Master’s Degree in Criminology from Florida Metropolitan University.

Hired by the JSO in 1999, Lakesha quickly established herself as one of Jacksonville’s finest on and off of the job. She has worked in everything from patrol and community affairs, to recruiting, the detectives’ division and the field training unit, to name a few. She is widely known for her advocacy in helping persons in need, especially underprivileged children. She’s also known for using her voice to empower both girls and women locally, nationally and internationally.  Her commitment to the community is demonstrated by her selfless contributions to the various boards she is a part of such as the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Leadership Council, City of Jacksonville Safety & Crime Reduction Committee, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Read USA Incorporated, Retreaded Advisory and the American Heart Association First Coast Health Equity Committee.

Honored for her outstanding achievements many times, the most recent,  the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp nominated her for the Community MVP award. Other achievements to include, nominee for the Jacksonville Image Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award- Resolution 2017-363-A, City of Jacksonville, Leading Lady Honoree, Harry Connick Jr TV Show – HARRY, Citizen Diplomat of the year- Global Jax., Officer of HOPE Award, American Civility Association, Victim’s Advocate of the year, Grand Marshal of the Puerto Rican & Hispanic parade, Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, 2017 Eve Finalist, Florida Times-Union and more.

Lakesha is a lifetime member of Hopewell Church. She is married to retired Assistant Chief Gregory Burton and has five children and five grandchildren.

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