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May 28, 2024
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The Florida Bar

Orlando Rolón, a former police chief of Orlando, will join The Florida Bar Board of Governors as a public member. He was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court on May 24 and will be sworn in for a two-year term on June 21 during the Annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando.

He is replacing public member Linda Goldstein of Tampa, who is stepping down after completing a second two-year term.

Rolón, a Puerto Rico native moved to Central Florida in 1977.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 to 1986. He joined the City of Orlando Police Department in 1992 and rose through the ranks until his appointment to Chief of Police in 2018. Rolón served as Orlando’s chief of police, the first Hispanic to hold the title in the department’s 154-year history and retired after nearly 30 years of service in 2022.

Rolón, who resides in central Florida, is completing his latest term on the Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

Rolón is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course, the FBI National Academy, Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI IV), Mayor’s Executive Leadership Class, Florida Police Chiefs Association Future Chief’s Seminar, and the FBI Florida Executive Development Seminar.

The Florida Bar in 1987 sought Supreme Court permission for two nonlawyers to serve on its 52-member governing board as part of an initiative to increase public involvement. Only 12 other state bars have public members on their boards. The other public member currently serving is Melanie Shore of Gainesville.

Most of the Board of Governors is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representatives. The 52-member Board of Governors meets every other month and has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of the Bar, subject to limitations imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.




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