Stan Florence started his criminal justice career in 1983, at a part time position in Alex, Oklahoma. He moved to a full time law enforcement position with the Duncan Police Department before taking a deputy sheriff position with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office, serving until 1994. At this time, Florence was appointed Grady County Sheriff to complete the term of the retiring sheriff. He served as Sheriff until 2003. Under his leadership as sheriff, Florence started many community based public safety initiatives and successfully launched plans and construction of a new detention facility which was completed without any tax increase. Florence held statewide office as President of the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association for two terms. In 2003, Florence started his career with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. His initial assignment was in southeast Oklahoma, later to the Tulsa area and eventually to the OSBI headquarters in Oklahoma City, serving as District Inspector. In 2010, the OSBI Commission unanimously selected Florence to serve as OSBI director until his resignation in 2018 at which time he stepped back into his previous position. Florence currently serves as Special Agent in Charge of the North Central, Northwest and Southwest Regional Offices and oversees the OSBI’s statewide Special Investigations Unit, which includes the OSBI Cold Case Unit.
During his career, Florence obtained two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. For almost twenty years, he has regularly taught in the management and leadership program for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training statewide. He has served as an adjunct instructor at two universities providing instruction in the criminal justice, general education and graduate programs. Florence gives presentations on ethics, leadership and management related topics to many state and local associations, organizations and colleges/universities. He has assisted numerous law enforcement administrators and agencies with strategic planning, professional development and problem solving. In 2018, he started a criminal justice consulting service and currently provides consulting services to Goldberg Group Architects and the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association in Edmond, Oklahoma.