General Counsel for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office provides substantive and procedural legal guidance to the Sheriff and Sheriff's Office members on a variety of matters regarding civil law to include employment, labor, workers compensation, contracts, detention facilities, litigation, criminal law and administrative law.
The General Counsel prepares written legal opinions and legal updates for agency-wide dissemination relating to criminal matters, performs legal research on cases, court rulings and other laws affecting the operation of the law enforcement, the corrections and the administrative divisions of the Office, conducts civil forfeiture litigation, serves as liaison to the State Attorney's Office in criminal cases and to outside counsel in civil actions filed in federal and state courts, serves as legal advisor to the Internal Affairs Bureau on internal investigations, acts as Office representative in employee discipline litigation, reviews and prepares Office policy and procedure, review public records requests and monitor legislative.
In addition, the Legal Counsel for the Sheriff's Office conducts in-service training classes on various law enforcement topics.
This position requires the exercise of considerable independent judgment and involves exposure to confidential and sensitive information. All work is performed under the supervision of the Sheriff.
Mike Durham is the General Counsel for the Legal Department.