Sheriff Frank McKeithen (R)
Vernon High School; Chipola Junior College and Gulf Coast Community College
39 years of Florida law-enforcement service: Panama City Police Department 1973-1974; Gulf County Sheriff’s Office 1974-1975; Bay County Sheriff’s Office - Patrol Deputy, Investigator, Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Captain 1976-1995; appointed interim Sheriff of Gulf County, 1995; elected Sheriff of Gulf County, 1996, ran unopposed, 2000; appointed interim Sheriff of Bay County, 2003, by Gov. Jeb Bush; elected Sheriff of Bay County, 2004; ran unopposed, 2008; re-elected 2012.
Honors and Affiliations
Florida’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 1993; recognized Outstanding Alumni, Gulf Coast State College, 2011; board of directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; previous Florida Sheriff’s Task Force Chairman Zone 1; DEA Certified Clandestine Drug Laboratory Investigator; Board member, Anchorage Children’s Home and American Red Cross; member, Gulf Coast Community College Advisory Board.
Address: 3421 N. Hwy. 77, Panama City, 32405-5009
Phone: (850) 747-4700
County Seat: Panama City
County Website: http://www.bay.fl.us/area/government.html