Louie Mercer, 2015
Director, School of Emergency Services
DSC employee since 1999
Degrees and schools where awarded: A.A. in Criminal Justice, Daytona State College; B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida; Master of Public Administration, University of Central Florida.
Career/Professional honors: While at Daytona Beach Police Department - 2 Medals of Merit, 1 Medal of Honor, Police Officer of the Year (2); Daytona State College - Victory Flag for our department; perfect audits and recognition from EMS and FDLE certifying and accrediting bodies as model programs.
Outside interests: Beach with family, cooking, regular stuff.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a police commander with the Daytona Beach Police Department, where I retired after 22 years of service.
What professional projects are you working on right now? Internal reassessment of processes and personnel to become more efficient.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Seeing EMT, paramedic, fire and criminal justice students who completed our programs out working in the field serving our community, doing what they were trained to do by us.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I am very fulfilled in my career here at Daytona State College.
In life? Probably like most of us who have work and kids…..the goal of balance in our lives.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? From my father, Ray Mercer: “Worry about your own cows in your own field.”
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I am not too surprising, but I HAVE been around Daytona International Speedway's high banks on a motorcycle at over 100 mph.
Last book read: “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen, Seal Team 6.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Loyal, Dedicated, a Planner.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Easy question. I will go with recent history. My father, my mother, my brother, Frank, and my wife, Tracey.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means “You CAN do it!”