Keith Touchberry launches
Campaign for Sheriff
Fellsmere Police Chief Keith Touchberry has filed his paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections to run for Sheriff in 2020. Chief Touchberry has 31 years of law enforcement experience and has served as Police Chief for the past six years.
Touchberry has held leadership positions at every stage of his career. At 17, he joined the Army Reserve and later served six and one-half years on active duty in the Marine Corps Infantry field. He joined the Vero Beach Police Department in 1989. He served as the first K-9 trainer for the VBPD and also served as a SWAT officer and detective sergeant.
As a command level officer, he served as training coordinator, CFA Accreditation Manager and Assessor, range administrator, operations bureau commander and support services bureau commander. He held the rank of Captain and was second in command before leaving the VBPD to become Fellsmere Police Chief.
Chief Touchberry has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 108th Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville, the Florida Police Chief’s Associations’ “Future Chief’s” and “New Chief’s” Seminars, and the 16th Session of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police “Executive Institute”.
Chief Touchberry is adjunct faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and is the primary Ethics Instructor for that institutions Baccalaureate Criminal Justice degree program, online. He is also adjunct faculty at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce where he teaches an advanced course in ethics to certified law enforcement officers.
Chief Touchberry is Chairman, FDLE Region XI Training Council (Indian River State College); Member, Florida Police Chiefs Association; Member and past Chairman, Professional Standards Committee, Florida Police Chiefs Association; Member, Legislative Committee, Florida Police Chief’s Association; Member and past President, Treasure Coast Police Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association; Chairman, Public Safety sub-committee, Treasure Coast Opioid Task Force; Member and past Chairman, Executive Roundtable of Indian River County; Member, Fellsmere Exchange Club; Member and co-founder, Fellsmere Action Community Team (F.A.C.T.); Member, Moonshot Community Action Network of the Learning Alliance “Moonshot Moment” (Indian River County) and Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.