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Sheriff Sadie Darnell (D)

Sadie Darnell Alachua County Sheriff


Public schools, Gainesville, FL; AA degree, Santa Fe Community College; BA degree, psychology, University of Florida; MA degree, educational leadership, University of Florida; graduate, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program; graduate, FBI National Academy, 168th Session; graduate, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Executive Program.


30-year veteran, Gainesville Police Department, retired at the rank of captain; elected Sheriff of Alachua County, November 2006; re-elected 2008 and 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Numerous local awards, including Alachua County Office of Victim Service Award; Florida Law- Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2000; Department of Defense Military Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, 2011; Elected Official of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, 2010; Outstanding Career Pathways Partner, Santa Fe College, 2011; National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Recognition, 2013; vice president, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2014-2015; co-chair, Region 3 Florida Regional Drug Strike Force; board member: Alachua County Children’s Alliance, University of Florida Health Psychiatric Hospital; member: National Sheriffs’ Association; FBI National Academy Alumni Association; Board of Managers, Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund; Executive Board North Florida HIDTA.

Address: P.O. Box 5489, Gainesville, 32627-5489
Phone: (352) 367-4019

County Seat: Gainesville
Population: 251,417
County Website:

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