Colonel Joseph Bradshaw - Senior Executive Staff Officer – Department of Legal Affairs
Colonel Bradshaw serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Legal Affairs. He has over 29 years’ experience as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and is a former New York City Assistant District Attorney. He holds a Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law in New York.
Colonel Bradshaw graduated in 1976 from Florida Atlantic University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, he began his law enforcement career as a road patrol officer and later as a detective with the Wilton Manors Police Department in Broward County, Florida until 1980, when he became a full-time law student at Pace University School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1983. Subsequent to graduation from law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, spending a majority of his time prosecuting child abuse cases in Brooklyn.
Colonel Bradshaw began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy working out of District One on January 1, 1986. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987. He has served as the Legal Advisor for the Sheriff’s Office for most of his career. In 1996, he was appointed Undersheriff, where he was second in command under former Sheriff Charles McCutcheon. Colonel Bradshaw was President of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys from 1994 through 1997 and was sworn in as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2005. In June of 2013, Colonel Bradshaw was the recipient of the Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award presented to him by The Florida Bar, “For Exemplifying the Highest Ideals of Dedication, Professionalism, and Ethics in Serving the Public as a Government Lawyer”.