• Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Announces New Board Members

    Sheriffs from Manatee, Charlotte, Flagler, Gilchrist, Bay and Nassau counties to serve on the board of directors

    The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is pleased to announce the appointment of four new officers and four new members to its board of directors. These include the appointments of Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper to Chairman, Dan Hager of Harbor Community Bank to Vice Chairman, Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell to Treasurer, and Patrick Coggins, Ph.D., of Stetson University to Secretary.

    “I am excited with the dedication and commitment of our newly elected board and officers.” Youth Ranches President Bill Frye said. “I am grateful for the leadership of our previous board members, and I look forward to what lies ahead as we continue to move the Youth Ranches forward in providing quality services to Florida’s children.”

    Sheriff Bill Leeper is a life-long resident of Nassau County and served 35 years with the Florida Highway Patrol, before retiring as a Captain. He and his wife Emma own and operate a retail business in Fernandina Beach. Sheriff Leeper is also a former City Commissioner and two-term Mayor of Fernandina Beach.

    “It is an honor for me to serve as chairman of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Board of Directors.” Sheriff Leeper said of his appointment. “This organization, started by sheriffs, allows struggling youth in Florida a chance at success. Being able to change lives and make a difference in our communities is what we all strive to do.”

    The additional new members of the board are:
    • Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford
    • Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz
    • Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly
    • Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells

    About the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
    The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens. This year, the Youth Ranches will serve more than 5,000 boys and girls. This charitable, nonprofit corporation was founded by the Florida Sheriffs Association and operates four residential child-care campuses (Live Oak, Bartow, Safety Harbor and Bradenton) and two Youth Camps. Voluntary contributions are the primary source of funding, especially thoughtful gifts made through special bequests in wills and trusts.

    The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camp Association. If you would like more information about the Youth Ranches, please contact us at 1-800-765-3797 or visit youthranches.org.