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Chief Deputy Michael E. Gauger, MSW, serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Law Enforcement Operations and Corrections. As Chief Deputy he is responsible for an annual budget of $292 million, with a staff composition of 1,563 sworn and 1,734 non-sworn personnel; and, a Corrections' budget of $136 million, with a staff of 710 sworn personnel.
Chief Deputy Gauger is a distinguished honor graduate of Barry University, with a master's degree in Social Work. Additionally, he is a graduate of the 81st Session, Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Kentucky, Administrative Officer's Course, as well as, 1996 Alumni, Leadership Palm Beach County.
Chief Deputy Gauger is an active member of many philanthropic, fraternal, and community-based organizations. He has earned many prestigious awards over a distinguished 43-year career, including a recent Special Citation for Meritorious Service from the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.
Chief Gauger is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer on community and problem-solving based policing and ethics and integrity. He is married to the former Ms. Phyllis Everett and has two children.