Captain William Lawhorn

Captain William Lawhorn is the Assistant Director of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Detention, with over 24 years of experience and knowledge in the field of corrections.


In 1989, he began his career with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where he held various positions beginning as a Detention Deputy and Deputy Sheriff, working his way to Major and Executive Officer to the Director of Detention. Responsibilities included working Central Intake, Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs), Accreditation Manager, and Detention Compliance Manager.

William Lawhorn

Vermont Prison System

In 2007, Captain Lawhorn relocated to the State of Vermont and continued his career in corrections as the Director of Security, Operations and Audits for the state’s prison system where he assisted the Facilities’ Executive. In 2011, Captain Lawhorn assumed the responsibilities of the Facilities’ Executive, directing the prison system for Vermont until 2013.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office

In May 2013, Captain Lawhorn returned to his roots in Florida and assumed the responsibilities as the Assistant Director of Detention for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.


His accomplishments include establishing a manual of detention facility standards for the State of Vermont’s corrections system, published in three national corrections publications, speaker at the National Sheriffs Association, American Correctional Association, and the Florida Sheriffs Association. He is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program for the Vermont Agency for Human Services, the Executive Leadership Program at Florida Atlantic University, the Command Officer Development Course at the Southern Police Institute, and he majored in Corrections Administration at the John Jay City College of New York.