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Fifteen years have passed since Joe Halman turned his tassel and started a new chapter in life as a Warner graduate.

In 2003, Halman walked across the stage to receive his degree in Organizational Management which he puts to the test in his everyday life.

In April of 2017, Chief Joe Halman was named Deputy County Manager for Public Safety by County Manager, Jim Freeman.

Prior to his recent role, he served as the director of professional development where he ran training sessions for the Polk County Sheriffs Department as well as police and detention
officer academies. He was also the Chief of Law Enforcement Officers where he commanded some 1,000 employees throughout the county.

When he isn’t briefing reports, or attending community events and meetings, he can be found at Greater Works Ministries in Winter Haven where he serves as the Senior
Pastor. His wife of 27 years, Debra, along with his three daughters can all be found there as well, serving right along side of him.

 

Chief Halman notes that his time at Warner made him more
marketable as a person— he was able to add more tools under
his belt and more eligible to compete for promotions.

 

 

To any younger adult, whether it be a high school senior, or college junior, he gives the same advice, to encourage one another and continually seek higher education. He also reminds
us to do just as Matthew 6:33 tells us; “But seek first the His Kingdom and His Righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)

 

Thank you Chief for all you do, investing in the lives of those around you. From your work with the Sheriff’s department as well as with your church, you are living out what the mission of Warner is all about.

You continue to make your Alma mater very proud!