Command and Staff Program

By Readiness Network, Inc.

Corporal Ben Causland, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-750-2121

My name is Ben Causland, and I am currently assigned as a Corporal – General Investigations Supervisor to the Investigations Division with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Opelika, Alabama. I have worked at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for a decade now, in various positions. These positions consist of working in the Patrol, Training, and Investigations Division. I also share two collateral duties; the first as an Assistant Team Leader with the Lee County SWAT team, that I have served on for 8 years now. The second being a Public Safety Rescue and Recovery Diver in the Marine Operations Unit. During my time at the Sheriff’s Office, I also served for a period in the United States Marine Corps (Reserve Component). As far as my educational background, I hold a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University and a graduate of the Comprehensive Advanced Leadership and Management Course and the Southeastern Leadership Executive Development Seminar (SLEDS). I am married to my wife Brooke, of 10 years, and we are parents to two young children.

Cpl. Dylan Pugh, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-742-3986

My name is Dylan Pugh. I grew up in Waverly, Alabama. Growing up my passions were football, wrestling and lifting glasses. After high school, I played football for Huntingdon College, where I majored in History. After college, I began my law enforcement career working corrections in Atlanta for three years before being hired by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. I have worked in Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics and I am currently assigned to the Training Division. I am married with no children. My passions include weightlifting and martial arts. I am currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Cpl. Josh Walton, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-444-0770

My name is Josh Walton and I’ve worked at Lee County Sheriffs Office in Alabama going on six years now. I recently promoted to the rank of Corporal in July of 2023 and I’m looking to improve my my leadership skills with this course.

Investigator Angie Spates, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-444-4511

My name is Angela Spates, but I prefer to be called Angie. I have been in law enforcement for over 33 years. I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and I am presently working on my doctorate. I am a 2015 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2008 graduate of the National Forensic Academy. I truly believe we only become better and more proficient through knowledge. Information becomes stale over time and the only way to be better is through gaining new knowledge.

Commander Bernie Woodward, Flagler County Sheriff, FL ~ [email protected] ~ 386-262-5956

Bernie Woodward began his law enforcement career in January of 2002 with the Bunnell Police Department. In January of 2004 he was hired with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Officer as a Deputy Sheriff. In the fall of 2007, Bernie Woodward was promoted to Detective within the Narcotics unit, a position he held until the summer of 2014 when he was the promoted to the rank of Corporal and returned to the patrol division as a supervisor.

In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and reassigned to the Special Investigations Unit, formally known as the Narcotics Enforcement Team. In January of 2021, Bernie Woodward was promoted to the rank of Commander and has worked as Watch Commander and District Commander. In August of 2023, he will transition to Executive Officer in our Community Policing Division. During his Law Enforcement career, Bernie Woodward has held numerous additional collateral duties such as: Task Force Agent (FDLE), SWAT Team, Clandestine Lab Team, Field Training Officer, and CVSA Operator. Bernie Woodward currently holds an A.S. degree from Vincennes University.

Commander Joseph Barile, Flagler County Sheriff, FL ~ [email protected] ~ 386-569-9866

Joseph ”Joe” Barile began his Law Enforcement career in January of 2007 with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at the age of 19. He moved to Flagler County in 1995 and wished to serve the community that he grew up in. Joe wished to gain as much experience in different areas of the Sheriff’s Office prior to being in a leadership role.
Joe began his career on road patrol and remained there until October of 2013, when he was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Safe Neighborhood Unit (Street Crimes Unit). In December of 2014, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Narcotics Unit within the Investigative Services Division. From January 2016 to July 2021, he served as a union representative with the Police Benevolent Association for the bargaining unit members of the Sheriff’s Office. In September of 2016, he transferred within the Investigative Services Division to the Property Crimes Section. In May of 2017, he was promoted to Corporal and transferred to the Community Policing Division (Road Patrol). During his time as Corporal, he also ran the Sheriff’s Office bicycle patrol team. In December of 2018, he was promoted to Sergeant within the Community Policing Division. In January of 2020, he was selected to be Sergeant of the Problem Area Crime Enforcement Team (Street Crimes Unit). In July of 2021 he was promoted to Commander over the Homeland Security Section, to which he remains currently assigned.
He oversees the Real Time Crime Center, the Problem Area Crime Enforcement Team, the Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Digital Forensics Unit, and the Crisis Negotiations team. He is the agency administrator for Axon body and fleet cameras, license plate readers, and the Fusus platform.
Joe received his B.S. in Homeland Security from Vincennes University in December of 2017. He has attended numerous leadership classes, including the FBI Florida Executive Development Seminar, FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award, Flagler County Leadership Academy, Middle Management, and Line Supervision.
Joe is very passionate about ensuring the personnel within his unit enjoy coming to work, having all of the tools and resources that they need for their assignments, and maintaining a positive attitude and culture.

Commander Kenny Goncalves, Flagler County Sheriffk FL ~ [email protected] ~ 386-503-7190

I started my Law Enforcement career in May 8th, 2006 at the age of thirty one after moving to Florida from New Jersey. I served as a patrol deputy and an evidence technician from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 I transferred to the traffic division where I served as a motor patrol deputy and became a certified Traffic Homicide Investigator. My promotion to Corporal occurred in 2006 and I was transferred back to the Community Policing Division (road patrol). I have served in the Community Policing Division since then as a Corporal, Sergeant and now a district Commander where I am responsible for all law enforcement operations within the city of Palm Coast. I am a graduate of the Flagler County Leadership Academy, FDLE Florida Leadership Academy and a trilogy graduate of the FBI-LEEDA Institute.
My wife Cindy and I have been married for twenty three years and are proud parents of two young women, Sky who is 25 years old and Destiny is 22 years old. We also recently adopted our two nieces who live with us full time. My hobbies are riding my motorcycles and I also play a range of different musical instruments.

Cpl. Josh Walton, Lee County Sheriff, AL ~ [email protected] ~ 334-444-0770

My name is Josh Walton and I’ve been in law enforcement for six years now. I started my career at the Lee County Sheriffs office and I just recently got promoted to Corporal in July of 2023. I work in the patrol division as a supervisor and as the K9 handler for my team. I supervise a team of roughly seven guys along with two other supervisors. Before law enforcement, I worked local security for a hospital and also worked on cattle farms. My childhood friend, who is also taking this class, encouraged me to apply to the sheriffs office because he thought I would succeed in this field. So far, he has been correct. Excited to start this class and further my education.

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