Employees

Rick Bernard

MBA, Financial Advisor

Rick joined CPS in 2017.

Following a distinguished 33-year career in law enforcement with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Rick retired in 2016 as Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Rick graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Organizational Management from Warner University in 2005 and earned his MBA at Florida Southern College in 2008. He is a Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM), and a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer Course and Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program where he was named Dean’s Scholar. Richard is also a graduate of Leadership Bartow XIV and a member of the Lakeland South Rotary Club. Rick passed his Series 65 exam in 2017.

Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities.