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Electra Theodorides-Bustle has had an extensive public sector career that has included over 15 years of executive, legal, and policy making positions.

In February 2007, Electra was unanimously appointed by Florida’s Governor and Cabinet as the Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. As Executive Director, Electra was responsible for all activities of one of the nation’s largest safety and consumer oriented agencies, which includes the Florida Highway Patrol, the Division of Driver Licensing, and the Division of Motor Vehicles as well as a large information technology and administrative and business support divisions.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director, Electra served as Assistant Commissioner for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for three years and oversaw critical areas including legislative affairs office, sexual predator registry, the Capitol Police, criminal justice officer, records and discipline, and the State’s criminal history and fingerprint databases.

Electra also has a diverse legal career in the public sector serving as Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy General Counsel for the Florida Sheriffs Association.  Electra also represented the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Electra received her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University, College of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Electra is also a certified law enforcement officer.  Electra was the recipient of the 2008 Glass Ceiling Award presented by the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women. This award honors women who have successfully broken through the barrier of advancement within their profession, enabling them to reach the management level positions previously barred to working women. Electra was the first female Captain and Major at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the first female Assistant Commissioner for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the first female Executive Director for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in its 70 year history.

Electra is active in the community serving on both the American Red Cross and Animal Service Foundation Boards. Electra and her husband Dennis, a 30 year law enforcement veteran, live in Tallahassee.


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