David Gee, Sheriff
Colonel James Burton
Colonel Burton has been employed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for 35 years. He is currently assigned as the Commander of the Department of Operational Support. Colonel Burton has spent the last 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). Major Burton is also the immediate past president of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association (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, the Ybor City Rotary Club and a Board member of the University Area Enterprise Zone.