Chief of Staff Biography

Electra Theodorides-Bustle

photo of electra bustleElectra Theodorides-Bustle was appointed the Chief of Staff for the division on  August 15, 2016. 

Electra had an extensive and diverse career that has included over 15 years of state and local executive, legal, and policy making positions in public safety. Electra has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctorate from Florida State University, College of Law. 

She started her public safety career with the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) in 1989, first as a law clerk and later as the Deputy General Counsel. Following FSA, she served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and legal counsel to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. After receiving her certification as a law enforcement officer, she also served as a Captain and Major with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office. 

In 2004 she joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as the Legislative Affairs Director and later become the Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner for the department overseeing critical areas including administrative services, legislative affairs, sexual predator registry, Capitol Police, criminal justice officer records and discipline, and the state’s criminal history and fingerprint databases

In 2007, she was appointed by Florida’s Governor and Cabinet as Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which included the Florida Highway Patrol, the Division of Driver Licensing, and the Division of Motor Vehicles. 

From 2009 to 2016, she was a government relations consultant representing criminal justice private and public sector clients, such as the Florida Sheriffs Association. 

She is married to Dennis Bustle, an almost 40 year law enforcement veteran.