Board of Directors
Chief Deputy Michael Gauger (Ret.) is a seasoned law enforcement officer who’s been dedicated to improving the neighborhoods in which he worked. As an advocate of community policing, he worked with a team of deputies to build after-school tutoring, mentoring and athletic programs, while also partnering with families to strengthen parenting and communication skills.
Chief Deputy Michael Gauger (Ret.) has been engaged in a myriad of programs providing mental health and substance abuse treatment, and has served on the Fern House Board of Directors for over three decades, helping to build it from a fledgling program into its success today.
Chief Deputy Michael Gauger has received numerous distinguished awards and honors of appreciation from various agencies during his lengthy law enforcement career; below are just a few:
2018 – Citizen of the Year (Royal Palm Beach Rotary)
2017 – Trailblazer Award (Urban League of Palm Beach County)
2016 – Governmental Official of the Year (The Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
2016 – Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (Guardian Behavioral Health)
2014 – Nettie Finkle Award for Community Service (Palm Beach United Way)
2013 – Frank T. Gladney Community Service Award (Wellington Rotary Club)
1998 & 2000 – Rotarian of the Year
Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is a distinguished Honor’s graduate of Barry University awarded with a Master of Social Work degree.