HEATHER POST BIO

I am currently the District 4 Representative on the Volusia County Council. I am up for re-election in 2020.

GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE

In the 1990’s, I assisted in the enactment of F.S.S. 539 (Florida Pawnbroking Act) and other victim’s rights legislation as a board member/active legislative liaison of the Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit (a unit made up of detectives from all over the state) and provided statutory update training statewide.

As a business owner, I was a Legislative Committee member and Local Government Committee member with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.  In 2015 and 2016, I represented the Junior League of Daytona Beach as a member of the State Public Affairs Committee.  I have held membership with the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida and a board position of the Tiger Bay Club of Volusia County.

In my role as a Volusia County Councilwoman, I immediately took an active role on various boards: Chair of the Public Safety Coordinating Council, Chair of the R2C Transportation Planning Organization’s Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, as a member of the Drug Court/DUI Court Advisory Boards, the Human Services Advisory Board and the Volusia County Claims Committee.

On a state level, I have been awarded the Presidential Advocacy Award every year for the last four years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)  This award is given for exceptional leadership in representing the diverse interests of Florida’s counties and emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best.

I was elected a District board member of the Florida Association of Counties and appointed a Legislative Committee Executive Board Member. I was appointed Vice Chair of the Federal Committee and as a Policy Leader on the Health, Safety & Justice Committee and the Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

On a national level with the National Association of Counties, I am very proud to have been appointed Chair of the Veterans & Military Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Justice & Public Safety Committee’s Courts & Corrections subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Juvenile Justice Steering subcommittee.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS

Making a difference in a community begins with reaching the basic levels of community dynamics and I support through advocacy/board positions/mentoring such agencies as the , EasterSeals, Daytona State College Center for Women and Men FRESH Start program, Volusia County Adult Drug Court, PACE Center for Girls, Junior Achievement, Stewart-Marchman-ACT Foundation, United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Holly Hill School & Palm Terrace Elementary School, “YES! (Youth Experiencing Symphony)”, Habitat for Humanity and more…

I believe that being a servant leader means interacting with your core constituents, being hands on, and working to serve the needs of the people at EVERY level of our community.

Having stood in those same shoes, I understand the brotherhood of first responders and hold a deep respect for honoring their service and the service of the military. I am proud to have created/led an Honor Guard unit during my career in law enforcement and continue to support Honor Air Flights and our local veterans organizations.  I advocate at the state/local levels for PTSD awareness/assistance and for firefighter cancer prevention measures and have worked diligently at the national level in support of our veterans and military. My husband is also a U.S. Marine for life. Oorah!

I am very supportive of the various regional and city Chamber of Commerces which play a great role in the support and development of small business and attribute to the area’s economic development and public/private partnerships.

EDUCATION

I excelled in school as a child, skipping the 4th grade, and taking accelerated courses however, my tumultuous home life led me to drop out of high school in the 10th grade to support myself. I acquired my GED and later put myself through school and the law enforcement academy.  I went on to become an adjunct college instructor myself and am still an FDLE certified instructor.  I have even more recently provided training and instruction to County Commissioners around the state. Because of my childhood experiences, providing our youth with EVERY opportunity to succeed is of the utmost importance to me.  I say, “NO child should slip through the cracks in the system.”  I continue to seek new knowledge every day

EMPLOYMENT

Having been on my own since the early age of 14, I know what it’s like to work hard and have a very strong work ethic.

I worked a variety of jobs beginning at age 11, from cleaning houses and working at a flea market to later waitressing before beginning a career in law enforcement in February of 1992. Over the course of two decades, I assisted citizens at the “boots-on-the-ground” level at their most vulnerable times as a law enforcement officer in a variety of capacities in uniformed patrol, undercover & narcotics operations, and as an investigator of many types of crimes (including Homicide Case Agent).  I held supervisory positions filling in as Criminal Investigative Unit Sergeant, headed up task forces involving statewide and nationwide crime rings, served on the board of several state and countywide law enforcement units, held many additional certifications (CVSA operator, Intoxilyzer operator, SWAT School (2001), and more), and was highly recognized for planning, developing, and implementing of various law enforcement operations.  In addition to receiving numerous accolades for professionalism and going “above and beyond” in my duties during my years in law enforcement, I was nominated Deputy of the Quarter (2009) and received the FDLE Outstanding Team Member Award medal (2006).

Beyond my assigned duties, I taught many Advanced & Specialized law enforcement courses such as the Detectives Academy & Field Training Officer. In 2011, I started my own training company and currently provide training in body language and situational awareness to corporate and public safety personnel nationwide through The Heather Post Company.

As a business woman, I was highlighted as *an American Success Story on FOX Business Network (2014), was nominated as a *Central Florida Woman of Distinction (2013), and was recipient of the *Influential Women in Business Award (2014), the *Fabulous Woman in Business Award (2013), and the *Small Business of the Year Award, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce (2012). I am a topic expert for national media as well.

PERSONAL

I have been a resident of Central Florida since the late 1970’s and lived in Volusia County since 2003. I am an advocate for the community and the “boots-on-the-ground” people who live and work here, working diligently to ensure that their voices are heard.  I love Volusia County and works to move the future Volusia County toward not the “exception” but as the “rule” for others to emulate.

My husband, Randy, and I are devout Catholics and share our Daytona Beach home with our dog, Sophie. I have one daughter, Meghan, who is a graduate of the University of Florida.