About Lawson Lamar

State Attorney Lawson Lamar

Prior to graduating from the University Of Florida College Of Law with honors in 1972, he gained valuable investigative experience as an army airborne intelligence officer earning the rank of captain and receiving honors for his service in Vietnam and Europe including the Bronze Star. He is a member of the University of Florida Honorary Leadership Fraternity, Florida Blue Key and is co-author of the McGraw Hill college text titled The Criminal Courts. He is also a 33rd degree Mason and a Shriner.

Mr. Lamar created the nationally recognized Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, one of the longest running and most successful vice and narcotic multi-agency task forces in the nation. He has served in appointments to the Governor’s Commission on Statewide Prosecution, the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Advisory Group and the Violent Crime Council. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and continues to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council of its College of Health and Public Administration.

Lawson Lamar was elected State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida in 1988. Prior to serving as State Attorney, Mr. Lamar served as the Orange County Sheriff for two terms. As Sheriff his agency led Florida’s nine largest policing jurisdictions in crime reduction while maintaining the lowest policing cost per capita of those jurisdictions for seven years. Prior to taking office as Sheriff in 1981, Mr. Lamar was a prosecutor and Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Ninth Circuit.


William C. Vose, Chief Assistant State Attorney

William Vose is the Chief Assistant State Attorney of the Ninth Circuit State Attorney. He joined the Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s office in 1989 and in his current position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Central Florida’s largest government law firm with a staff of more than 350 personnel, including 142 Assistant State Attorneys.

Mr. Vose is a graduate of the University of Florida and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1973. He is a 50% disabled combat-related retired Captain with the U.S. Army and also a sworn law enforcement officer, maintaining his law enforcement certification since 1970. Prior to joining the Ninth Circuit State Attorney, Mr. Vose had already cemented his career in law. He worked as general counsel for the Orange County Sheriff, was a Ninth Circuit Assistant State Attorney and served as legal counsel to the Dade County Public Safety Department Organized Crime Bureau. He also worked with Orange County Legal Aid, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the prosecutor intern clinic for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Vose is a member of the American Bar Association, the Orange and Osceola County Bar Associations, the US District Court Bar, Bar of the Courts of Appeal of the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is active in the National District Attorneys Association, The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, The Florida Association of Police Attorneys and the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association. Mr. Vose is also an elected member of the Executive Council of the Orange County Bar Association and has served on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Vose currently serves Vice President, Board of Directors for the Orlando Humane Society and also sat on the Board of Directors for Spouse Abuse, Inc.