David Gee, Sheriff
Colonel James Burton
Colonel Burton began his career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 1979. He is currently assigned as the Commander of the Department of Operational Support. This assignment encompasses the Community Outreach Division, the Homeland Security Division, the Training Division, the General Services Bureau, the Human Resources Bureau and the Risk Management and Facilities Bureau. Colonel Burton spent 23 years of his career investigating violent crimes which included robbery, sex crimes and homicide.
Colonel Burton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Senior Leadership Program and the FBI’s National Academy Session 235.
Colonel Burton is a past Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). Colonel Burton is also a past president of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association (IHIA) and he is currently the National Cold Case Director for the IHIA. In 2004 he served as a subject matter expert on a Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s committee that developed a state mandated curriculum for the “Investigation and Supervision of Officer-Involved Shootings.” In 1998 – 1999 he participated in a technical working group for eyewitness evidence sponsored by the National Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C. As a result, he is a co-author to the publication “Eyewitness Evidence/A Guide for Law Enforcement.'' He is a member of the FBI National Academy Advisory Board and the Ybor City Rotary Club.