Dr. James D. Sewell retired as Assistant Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in February 2005, following a 32-year career with university, municipal, and state law enforcement agencies in Florida. He now provides training and management consulting services to law enforcement and social services agencies, nonprofit organizations, and professional associations.
Active in community affairs and committed to public service, Dr. Sewell was appointed to the Juvenile Welfare Board by Governor Jeb Bush in 2010 and served as Chair from 2015 to 2017. He has served as chair of the St. Petersburg Civil Service Board and on the boards of directors of numerous community and nonprofit organizations, including Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC), Drug-Free America Foundation, Pinellas Marine Institute, CrimeStoppers of Pinellas County, Community Action Stops Abuse, Tallahassee Community College Public Safety Housing Corporation, Alumni and Friends of the FSU College of Criminology, and Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. In addition, he was appointed by the Pinellas County Commission as a member of the 2015-2016 Pinellas Charter Review Commission.
Dr. Sewell received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology from The Florida State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has published two textbooks (one in its third edition) and over fifty journal articles and book chapters, principally on law enforcement management and law enforcement stress. He has served as adjunct faculty in Criminology and Criminal Justice at The Florida State University and the University of South Florida.