It isn’t often someone can go from executive assistant to executive director, but since starting with the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 1999, that’s exactly what Amy Mercer has done. As executive director of one of the largest policing association in the country, Amy is on the cutting edge of police technology and technique, but the job has continued to develop new challenges over the nearly two-decades.
Mercer is fluent in Floridian. One of the hardest parts of her job is addressing the negative glare cast on law enforcement by a select few. Mercer says, “I know the type of commitment and dedication that the majority of our law enforcement members have. They’re truly individuals that’s wanting to make a difference to better their communities and the citizens that they serve better their lives, but I do recognize that unfortunately in all industry there are some bad apples, and law enforcement is no different.”
Although she doesn’t have personal experience as a member of law enforcement, Mercer does have inspiration for her new career, stating “my great-grandfather on my mother’s side, he was in law enforcement. Years ago, he was in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, as the longest acting living sheriff in Georgia, where I’m originally from.”