Florida Cabinet reappoints Mark Glass as FDLE Commissioner

by | Jan 17, 2023


  • FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass was reappointed during Tuesday’s Florida Cabinet meeting
  • Glass was first appointed to the position in May of 2022
  • He has served for 30 years in the United States Armed Forces — in the U.S. Army as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot, and as a Jayhawk pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard. Other roles include the Florida Army National Guard and the District of Columbia National Guard

The Florida Cabinet reappointed Mark Glass as Commissioner of the Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on Tuesday.

Governor Ron DeSantis, along with Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis ok’d Glass’ appointment during today’s cabinet meeting.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the Governor and Florida Cabinet as FDLE works to become an agile and proactive law enforcement agency, Glass told The Capitolist following today’s meeting. “Our members are committed to maintaining the safety of Florida’s citizens and visitors, investigating drug and human trafficking, organized retail theft, ensuring election security and investigating cybercrime.”

The move comes after DeSantis signaled in December that Glass would continue serving for the governor’s second term.

“As Acting Commissioner, Mark has led the brave men and women of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with honor and integrity,” DeSantis said last month. “In less than four months, he has made major strides towards combating Biden’s Border Crisis, safeguarding Florida’s elections, and advancing FDLE’s crime fighting capabilities. I am proud to appoint him as Commissioner and I have the utmost confidence he will continue to serve and protect all Floridians.”

Glass, a 30-year veteran of the United States Armed Forces, has served as the Acting Commissioner since May 1, 2022. Under his leadership, FDLE has been out front in the fight against illegal immigration and the ongoing border crisis.

Glass joined FDLE in 2015 as the director of the Office of Statewide Intelligence. In 2017, he was appointed to deputy director of Capitol Police.

Prior to joining FDLE, he served as the director of security for the Florida Lottery overseeing multiple law enforcement functions, including investigations, intelligence, forensics, mutual aid and physical security.

He is a graduate from the Florida Highway Patrol Academy and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Academy and has served as a state trooper in Florida, a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer and a criminal investigator for the state of Texas. He has been a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.

Additonally, he served as the lead Office of Intelligence and Analysis representative to Florida, where he was the Department of Homeland Security representative to the State of Florida, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Legislature, and Homeland Security adviser through the Florida Fusion Center. He also served as a senior intelligence analyst supporting the National Operations Center and the chief intelligence officer.

Glass holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University and an Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Florida State College.

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