The Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund is managed and operated by an executive management team of professionals with extensive backgrounds in law enforcement and/or insurance. The combined experience in insurance and law enforcement is one of the things that makes the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund unique and better able to serve the needs of Florida’s Sheriffs. The members of the executive management team are:
Sheriff Donald F. Eslinger (Ret.)
Don Eslinger, retired Sheriff of Seminole County, became Executive Director of the FSRMF upon his retirement. Sheriff Eslinger worked for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for 38 years, and served as Sheriff for 26 of those years. He served on the Board of Managers of the Fund since 1993 and served as Chair of the Board from 2011 until his retirement as Sheriff. Sheriff Eslinger has a BA in Applied Behavioral Science and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served on numerous board and achieved numerous honors and awards, including serving as Past President and Board Member of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
Chief Administrative Officer
Joanna Mueller oversees Member Services, Accounting, IT and Human Resources. She is also the Manager of the Florida Sheriffs Insurance Agency (FSIA). She began working with the Sheriffs’ insurance programs in 2008 and has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, including work with self-insurance programs and regulatory oversight of insurance companies with the Office of Insurance Regulation. Joanna is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management/Insurance.
Michael D. Crews
Chief of Risk Management Services
Michael (Mike) Crews oversees the Risk Management Services Department, including loss control services that are provided to our member Sheriffs. He began his career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 1987, and held positions within the program area, including Training and Research Manager in FDLE’s newly created Leadership Center, Bureau Chief of Standards in the Professionalism Program, Director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute and FDLE Leadership Center, and was appointed Director of the Professionalism Program within FDLE.
Mike also served as the Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections. Mike is a graduate of Florida State University and is a certified instructor through the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. He is also a graduate of the Chief Executive Seminar (Class 22), provided by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.
Chief Financial Officer
Wayne Matthews oversees accounting and investments for the Fund. He has over 25 years of insurance and financial services experience, inclusive of 14 years with Bankers Insurance Company, a national insurance company, where he initially served as Director of Audit and subsequently Chief Financial Officer. He is experienced in property and casualty insurance, securities brokerage, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, investments, reinsurance, ERM and audit. He has also served as a senior auditor with Deloitte, Director of Audit of a national securities brokerage firm, and founding management member of several companies. Wayne is a CPA, a long-time resident of the state of Florida, holds a P&C 220 General Lines Insurance License and received his BSBA from the University of Florida.
Chief of Liability Claims
Michael Stephenson has worked on behalf of the Florida Sheriffs for more than 13 years, beginning in 1999 when he served as outside trial counsel defending FSRMF member Sheriffs. In 2006, he continued his work with FSRMF becoming Claims Attorney and later Director of the Claims Department, overseeing professional liability claims and automobile liability claims. He is a member of the Florida Bar and a graduate of the Stetson University College of Law and the University of Texas.
Chief of Workers’ Compensation Claims
Judy Boling oversees the claims activities of FSRMF’s workers’ compensation programs, including the medical bill review provider and nurse case management services. She works to ensure members’ employees, who are injured in the course and scope of their duties, receive timely, quality treatment at the right cost and are able to return to work as soon as possible. She is a graduate of Southeastern College in Lakeland and has more than 20 years of workers’ compensation claims and litigation experience.
Florence “Flo” Dickinson
Chief of Member Services
Flo Dickinson is responsible for marketing, underwriting, rating, coverage and daily customer service to Fund members. She is also the Assistant Manager of the Florida Sheriffs Insurance Agency (FSIA). She has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry working 18 years with Citizens Property Insurance in Florida. In 2014, she began working with a Florida homeowner carrier, Elements Property Insurance Company, and joined the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund in January 2018.