Chief Linda Butler
(Department of Law Enforcement)
Linda Butler started her career at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 as a dispatcher. She then became one of only a few female uniform patrol deputy sheriffs in 1988.
Impacted by seeing the victimization of women and children, Linda became LCSO’s first female VICE unit detective. In 1996, Linda became a Crime Scene Investigator, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, returning to VICE as a supervisor. In 2000, Linda became the first female spokesperson at LCSO appointed to the agency’s Public Information Officer position.
Linda was promoted to Lieutenant during her tenure as PIO. She transferred to the Special Operations Bureau and supported the creation of Capital City Motorcycle Law Enforcement, raising money for local charities and public awareness of traffic safety related issues.
In 2007, Linda was a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB). Her team established a Computer Forensic Unit and created a specialized ICAC unit.
In 2015 and 2016 Linda was the Bureau Commander of the Uniform Patrol Bureau. In 2016, she was promoted becoming the first female to obtain the rank of Major. She is currently the Chief of the Department of Judicial Services, overseeing all courthouse operations, as well as the warrants and civil process unit.
Linda has supported many community organizations and charities throughout her career including; Florida Sheriff’s Office Youth Ranch, Refuge House, Turn About, Special Olympics, United Way, Heart Walk and Relay for Life just to name a few.