Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has been nominated and named the 2013 Elected Official of the Year Award for Southwest Florida, by a vote of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter, Southwest Florida Unit.
Sheriff Scott has worked to implement many different programs in Lee County that assist every walk of life. The LCSO developed a close relationship with the Dubin Alzheimer's Center to develop the Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership, which is a coalition among county human service providers and agencies created to promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Scott not only is concerned with the elderly population but the young population as well. He started the Teen Driver Challenge, a free 12-hour course designed to reduce the number of teen deaths due to car crashes. The Public Services Deputies have been instrumental in educating and improving the driving behaviors of the 302 teenagers that have successfully completed the program.
Other programs implemented by Scott include C.A.S.E. (Communities Against Senior Exploitation); Fraud Hotline; Project Lifesaver; Do The Right Thing; CarFit; and Seniors Driving Safely.
Scott will be honored at a celebration on Wednesday, March 13, at the Crown Plaza hotel at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers.