Continuing to build her administration, Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced new leadership for the Division of Licensing.The Commissioner has tapped Stephen Hurm to serve as Director of the Division of Licensing and Jordan Anderson as Assistant Director.
“One of my top priorities is to adequately screen applicants for concealed weapons permits and correct the previous administration’s serious failures in oversight,” said Commissioner Fried. “This is a responsibility that prior deficiencies have proven belongs under the purview of law enforcement professionals. That’s why I have appointed Stephen Hurm, a sworn law enforcement officer with over thirty years experience, to lead the Division of Licensing. Stephen’s experience implementing successful risk management strategies makes him the careful, competent, and qualified leader the Division needs as we move forward to remedy the past failures.”
Fried announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon on her new official Twitter page,@NikkiFriedFL.
One of my top priorities is to ensure full background checks on applicants for concealed weapons permits and correct the program’s failures. That’s why I’ve appointed Stephen Hurm, a law enforcement officer & attorney with 30+ years experience, to lead the Division of Licensing. pic.twitter.com/ccuAwbFXEU
— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) February 13, 2019
Working directly with Deputy Commissioner Mary Barzee Flores, Hurm will oversee the Division of Licensing operations and work to implement updated procedures, safeguards, and streamlining of the permitting process.
“When someone applies for a concealed weapons permit in our state, we will ensure they receive the full and complete background check required by law — anything less is a disservice to public safety and a failure to uphold our responsibility to the people of Florida. I’m appreciative of the opportunity to serve the state I love and to do my part to keep our communities safe,” said Stephen Hurm.
Stephen Hurm, Director — Division of Licensing
Hurm has over thirty years experience as an attorney and a law enforcement leader in various agencies, and seasoned expertise in developing successful risk management strategies and training individual and supervisors in legal competencies. Most recently, Hurm worked as a director and researcher at the Florida State University Institute for Law Enforcement Research and Policy, where he was responsible for the development and leadership of the research and policy institute, and focused on crucial issues pertinent to law enforcement agencies and officers. Previously, Hurm has served as General Counsel for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, as Captain, General Counsel, and Accreditation Manager for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Regional Legal Advisor and Special Agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Hurm resides in Tallahassee with his wife, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham.
Jordan Anderson, Assistant Director — Division of Licensing
Anderson is a seventh generation Floridian from Tallahassee. Recently, he served as Deputy Field Director for For Our Future, an organization focused on voter outreach and engagement. Anderson also led advocacy campaigns during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions and helped oversee the recent statewide recount process in coordination with the Florida Democratic Party in his role as an attorney. Prior to joining For Our Future, Anderson was a Regional Field Director on former Congresswoman Gwen Graham’s 2014 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Jordan is a member of the Florida Justice Association and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, having graduated from Florida State University’s College of Law in 2016.