Scott Lempe

Consultant, Patriot Plaza

Scott Lempe retired from the School Board of Sarasota County in June 2018. While there, he played several vital roles including that of Deputy Superintendent. In his roles, he was responsible for managing the business programs that support the success of teachers and students in the classroom, including facilities maintenance, custodial, transportation, food and nutrition services information technology, construction, long-range planning, communications, and school safety and security. Scott supervised a team of 1,300 people and oversaw the execution of a $125 million annual capital budget and a $60 million annual general fund budget. He moved to Sarasota in June 2003 and has worked for the School Board since May 2003.

Prior to his School Board assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Lempe spent 26 years in the Air Force on active duty, holding positions from aircraft mechanic to squadron commander to most recently, the chief of personnel programs for United States Central Command under the Command of General Tommy Franks. In this role, he managed personnel programs impacting people from all four services assigned in the continental United States and 25 countries in the Arabian Peninsula, the horn of Africa, and five former Soviet provinces.

Colonel Lempe has a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree — summa cum laude — from Chapman University and a Master of Science Degree in Manpower and Personnel Management from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.

Colonel Lempe is the recipient of many military awards and decorations to include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Joint Achievement Award, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He is married to the former Tracy Jenkins of Sentinel, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Jennifer, 36, and Sara, 34, and five grandchildren.

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