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Sheriff's Bio


  • Born July 10, 1950 in DeLand.
  • Lifelong resident of Volusia County
  • Married; one daughter.


  • DeLand High School (1968)
  • Daytona Beach Community  College, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (1978)
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with honors (1981)

Sheriff's message


  • Elected Sheriff of Volusia County November 2000, assumed office January 1, 2001; Re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
  • Volusia County Sheriff's Office (October 1971-May 1998)
    • Promoted to Sergeant in November 1974
    • Promoted to Lieutenant in January 1984
  • First District Commander in Deltona, April 1989
  • SWAT Entry Team Leader

Professional training

  • Graduate of the 156th session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (1989)

Professional involvement

  • Elected President of the Florida Sheriff's Association, August 2011

Community involvement

  • American Heart Association Volusia/Flagler Heart Walk 2003 Co-Chairman
  • Emergency Medical Foundation Board of Directors, 2003
  • Florida Coalition for Safe Highways Community Leader 2002/2003DeLand Rotary Club
  • Past Vice President and Board Member, West Volusia Police Athletic League
  • Volusia Masonic Lodge #77 F&A.M.
  • One Voice for Volusia, Board of Directors, 2003
  • Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors, 2003
  • Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties, 2003
  • Florida Sheriffs Association
  • National Sheriffs Association
  • FBI National Academy Associates

Awards and honors

  • May 2001 - Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
  • American Cancer Society, 2001 Honorary Chairman, Volusia County Relay for Life Events
  • American Heart Association, 1998 Heart Walk Vice Chair
  • Boys Scouts of America, Chairman of West Volusia Golden Eagle Dinner
  • Elected to term as Florida Sheriffs Association President (August 2011 - August 2012)
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4589 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151