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Sheriff Frank McKeithen (R)
Panama City


Vernon High School; Chipola Junior College; Gulf Coast Community College.


39 years of Florida law enforcement service; Panama City Police Department, 1973-1974; Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, 1974- 1975; patrol deputy, investigator, lieutenant, captain of Criminal Investigations, Bay County Sheriff’s Office,1976-1995; appointed interim Sheriff of Gulf County, 1995; elected Sheriff of Gulf County, 1996; ran unopposed 2000; appointed interim Sheriff of Bay County by Gov. Jeb Bush, 2003; elected Sheriff of Bay County, 2004; ran unopposed 2008; reelected 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Florida’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 1993; recognized Outstanding Alumni, Gulf Coast State College, 2011; previous Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; previous Florida Sheriff’s Task Force Chairman, Zone 1; DEA Certified Clandestine Drug Laboratory Investigator.

Address: 3421 N. Hwy. 77, Panama City, 32405-5009
Phone: (850) 747-4700

County Seat: Panama City
Population: 171,903
County Website:

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