Amy Mercer began her career with the FPCA in 1999 as their Executive Assistant, working closely with the Executive Director in the administration and management of the FPCA. She was quickly promoted to Operations Manager, in which she assumed additional responsibilities in leading the administration and operational efforts that included: accounting and financial activities, personnel/staffing, membership activities, training programs and conferences/expositions, negotiations of business related contracts and developing public safety programs across the state. In addition to these responsibilities, she acted as a resource of information for law enforcement executives from city, state and federal police as well as colleges, universities, private businesses and security firms.
Appointed as the Executive Director in 2004, Director Mercer immediately implemented new programs to further support the FPCA’s mission to continuously enhance law enforcement professionalism by providing a unified voice for police chiefs statewide and nationally, serving as the public face of law enforcement executive leadership, and providing a forum for executive education, development, and exchange of ideas.
Director Mercer has been successful in raising the profile of the FPCA as the nation’s pre-eminent law enforcement professional association, speaking for Florida’s chiefs and providing guidance and leadership for the future of law enforcement and our communities. Director Mercer also oversees the FPCA’s legislative activities and frequently provides input on law enforcement related legislation. She has been successful, with assistance of the FPCA Board of Directors in developing partnerships with state agencies as well as other public safety groups and organizations in the State of Florida and throughout the country. She coordinates and manages the many councils and commissions that the FPCA and its members are involved in. As an innovative and energetic leader, Director Mercer has been successful in increasing member services and benefits. Under her leadership, the FPCA remains financially solvent and continues to grow and expand their operations.
She is currently a member of several professional organizations including the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Education and Research Foundation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the State Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives and serves as a board member on the Tallahassee Committee of 99.
Director Mercer was awarded Prudential’s Davis Productivity Award of Distinction for her work on the Law Enforcement Family Partnership Program that is dedicated to preventing domestic violence in criminal justice families. She has also been recognized by Florida State University’s Family Violence Studies Department for the same. In 2010, she received the FPCA’s Presidents Choice award.
She and her husband, Mike have two dogs, Roxy and Bella.