Jakari Young: Leading with Purpose in Daytona Beach
Jakari Young, born on December 22, 1977, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a dedicated individual whose journey through life has been marked by resilience, faith, and a commitment to community well-being. Despite growing up primarily as an only child, Jakari's family expanded during his teenage years when he inherited three step-siblings. His 19-year marriage has been a source of joy, blessed with three children aged 26 to 16.
Jakari is a proud alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University, holding a Bachelor's and Master's in Criminal Justice. As the 17th Chief of Police for the City of Daytona Beach, he oversees the safety of around 78,000 residents, leading approximately 350 employees. His remarkable rise from a rookie Police Officer to Chief of Police showcases his dedication and commitment to continuous growth.
Beyond his professional achievements, Jakari finds solace in spending time with family and attending sporting events, especially as a fervent Florida State Football fan. Fishing is a passion he holds dear, though time constraints often make it challenging.
Leadership is uncomfortable. In order to serve in a leadership role, you have to figure out how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Actively involved in professional associations like the Florida Police Chief's Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Jakari remains committed to the growth and enhancement of law enforcement practices. As a Board Member of the Police Executive Research Forum, his influence extends to shaping policies for the betterment of the community.
Jakari's career goal revolves around collaborative efforts with the community to make Daytona Beach a safer and more desirable place to live, work, and play. His guiding principle, Proverbs 3:5-6, reflects his reliance on faith in navigating life's journey.
Facing the profound loss of his father in 2020, Jakari emphasizes the importance of cherishing loved ones. This challenge reinforced his commitment to community involvement, promoting positive police-community relationships through events like National Night Out and Shop with a Cop.
In the midst of his leadership role, Jakari remains grounded, acknowledging that true leadership is uncomfortable. His life's philosophy is a testament to his unwavering commitment to trust in God's plan, embrace adversity, and continue striving for positive change.
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