Mr. John Czernis is the Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). In this capacity, he oversees the Training, Information Sharing, and Multimedia departments within the company. Mr. Czernis is responsible for directing the development, coordination, and delivery of numerous national training and technical assistance programs designed for criminal justice personnel, as well as providing oversight to the groups that support the criminal justice community with critical information sharing efforts while ensuring the protection of citizens’ privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
Some of the programs and projects under Mr. Czernis’s management include the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative, the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program, the Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program, the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), the Methamphetamine Technical Assistance Program, the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) Privacy Guidelines Implementation Support Project, the Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program and Services, and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI).
Previously, Mr. Czernis was the lead associate on the IIR team who was responsible for management of the VALOR Initiative, a national officer-safety project developed at the direction of the U.S. Attorney General. His responsibilities for the VALOR Initiative included overseeing curriculum development and training delivery, coordinating Web development of the VALOR Portal, and coordinating with instructional staff and support personnel to ensure the highest standards of quality for VALOR training and resource materials.
Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Czernis served as Colonel and Director of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and provided leadership and direction to more than 1,685 sworn and 550 nonsworn officers. He was responsible for the state’s law enforcement mission of highway safety and served as a liaison between the division and other local, state, and federal agencies on law enforcement issues. Mr. Czernis began his career with the FHP in 1977 as a trooper. He promoted through the ranks, serving in various roles—traffic homicide investigator, first-line supervisor, district commander, chief training officer, chief investigator, and deputy director—before being appointed director in 2007. Mr. Czernis began his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Vero Beach, Florida, Police Department in 1974.
During his tenure with the FHP, Mr. Czernis served on a number of commissions, boards, and committees focused on public safety. He served as a commissioner on the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, as a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board, as the law enforcement representative on the International Board of Directors for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and as a member of the Florida Governor’s Drug Policy Advisory Board. Mr. Czernis is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, State and Provincial Division, and is a past member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association. He also served as an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
Mr. Czernis holds a master of public administration degree from Florida State University and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Rollins College. He attended the Sixth Session of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and is a 2005 graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Institute Chief Executive Seminar. Mr. Czernis has attended numerous other specialized training courses related to law enforcement and leadership