Sheriff Mike Scott
Like most little boys growing up, Lee County Sheriff, Mike Scott loved police cars and fire engines. He remembers getting excited over the police motorcycles and other vehicles that would drive by him as a child, watching the famous Edison Parade of Light on the streets of Fort Myers.
Scott is a Lee County native, and perhaps that’s one reason why he has been so successful as a sheriff. Not only does he know the area inside and out, he genuinely loves it and the people who live here. The approachable Sheriff says, “I still meet new people every day….even at the gas pump people strike up conversations with me.” And he likes it.
Elected to the office in 2004, next year he’s decided to run for another term saying, “I’m 52 and I still have a lot of energy.” It’s a good thing, because leading a staff of more than 1500, being present for his wife and two daughters, and giving back to the community takes a lot of it.
You’ll see him speaking to civic groups, donating lunch and dinner packages for charity auctions, participating in golf tournaments and celebrity chef events. He even got on stage recently as a celebrity comedian, calling his performance “brutal.”
How does the county’s top law enforcement officer unplug? He says, “I really relish quiet times with the family at home.” Boating and strumming the guitar are two of his other decompression activities.
Having a job where you sometimes see humanity at its worst, he says the thing that keeps him going is, ”My belief that most people, certainly not all, but most people appreciate and respect what we do, even when we fall short.”
He says like any company, you have employees who don’t always fit the bill but adds, “I thrive on the fact that I think we are doing good things—but the positives don’t take the headlines.”