David Scharf bio

David Scharf

David Scharf is a thirty year criminal justice veteran and is currently the Executive Director of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Community Programs. Most of David’s career has been focused on criminal justice reform with an emphasis on community corrections.   He has served the community in numerous capacities in State Probation, Pretrial Services, Day Reporting and Reentry, Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice and other nontraditional crime reduction strategies.  His primary focus is on the implementation of Evidence Based Practices to reduce the high rate of offender recidivism aimed at decreasing crime and victimization.  For two years, David was the Director of Business Development for the GEO Group in Boca Raton, Florida bringing criminal justice reform to a number of jurisdictions throughout the United States.  After serving on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s transition team in 2013, he returned to the agency as Executive Director responsible for a budget of almost $30 million and over 300 professional criminal justice employees.  Most recently he has focused his attention on the horrific Opioid Epidemic as Chair of the Community’s Emergency Response Team through the United Way’s Commission on Substance Abuse.  He has championed a number of initiatives to bring awareness to the problem via a community wide collaboration of education, enforcement, legislative and policy improvements, intervention and treatment.  He is also participates in Palm Beach County’s Sober Home Task Force to help reduce the alarmingly high number of overdose deaths.  David has worked with politicians and agencies at the local, state and federal levels to solicit change in criminal justice policy, to bring much needed funding to Broward County for behavioral health issues.


David is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and has completed extensive graduate coursework in criminal justice administration at both Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.  He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s Executive Criminal Justice Leadership Program and the Florida Corrections Academy.  During his career, David has been a certified criminal justice instructor in numerous disciplines including defensive tactics, impact weapons and firearms.  David was the recent recipient of the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission Outstanding Service Award for his work in developing and implementing accreditation standards for Pretrial Services Agencies in Florida.   He has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida for his body of work in offender reentry programming and crime prevention strategies.  He has been a member of many criminal justice organizations including the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Nationals Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, and The Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida where he served as Vice President for two terms, the Broward County United Way Commission on Substance Abuse, Narcotics Overdose and Prevention Education and others. He represents the Broward Sheriff’s Office on numerous professional board and committees, has authored a numerous articles on non-traditional crime prevention strategies and has presented his findings and strategies at a myriad of national forums. 


Personally, David has been married to his wife of 25 years Lisa, and has one daughter Hunter who recently graduated from Florida International University.  He served as President of West Boynton Girls Fastpitch Softball for many of years and has coached softball at the youth and High School Level for many years.