Captain William Lawhorn

Detention Management Division

Captain William Lawhorn oversees the Detention Management Division that includes:

  • Intake/Release Unit
  • Detention Operations
  • Detention Support
  • Judicial Services

William Lawhorn


Captain William Lawhorn has 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.

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.

Captain Lawhorn is a graduate of Leadership St. Lucie, the FBI National Academy 262th Session, the Senior Management Institute or Police and the Southern Police Institute's Command Officer Development Course. He is a Nationally Certified Jail Manager (CJM) through the American Jail Association and has served on several national, state and regional boards, committees and workgroups related to the detention and corrections industry.