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Joel Bolante

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Director of the Public Administration Program


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Leadership and organizational management training for various first responder organizations and other public service agencies.
  • Served on selection committees and panels for the appointments of police chiefs and promotions for other command staff positions within Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments within Florida.
  • Created a model Executive Staff Agreement and a model Command-Staff Relationships document that has been utilized by many Sheriff’s Offices in Florida.

Professional Profile

Professor Bolante joins Flagler College as a full-time faculty member after more than 34 years of law enforcement service.  His law enforcement leadership experience includes over 20 years at the command and executive staff levels at an agency managing a budget of more than 60 million dollars and over 800 full-time and part-time employees. He retired at the rank of Undersheriff. 

Highlights of his career include the development of the Sheriff’s Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit, assignments to a federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigating organized criminal drug trafficking groups spanning several states, the U.S. Customs Blue Lightning Strike Force intercepting drug trafficking in U.S. waters, and many other interesting assignments in the law enforcement field.                   

Professor Bolante holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (summa cum laude) and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. Additionally, he completed a wide-range of law enforcement professional development courses to include the FBI National Academy (195th Session) in Quantico, VA, the Southern Police Institute’s 90th Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville, and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Chief Executive Seminar in Tallahassee, FL.

Professor Bolante has taught in the Public Administration Program at Flagler College as a part-time faculty member since the program’s inception in 2003.

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  • Management in the Public Sector
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Policy
  • American Government
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Survey of Public Administration
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Organization Theory

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Office Hours (On Campus)

  • Monday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM