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Sheriff George Paul "Gordon" Smith (D)


Bradford High School; AA degree, Vincennes University; law enforcement, corrections program, Lake City Community College, Lake City, FL; State of Florida Certified Instructor; FBI National Academy, 240th session; National Sheriffs’ Training Institute, 97th session; FBI/Florida Executive Development Seminar; Florida Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Police Chiefs Association Executive Development, Advanced Police Chiefs Seminar; Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard’s Kennedy School; numerous advanced and specialized law enforcement training.


Corrections officer, Florida Department of Corrections, one year; sergeant investigations, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, 10 years; Starke Police Department, 11 years; chief of police, seven years; elected Sheriff of Bradford County, 2008; re-elected 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

FBI Latent Print Examiner (certified expert); founder, Bradford Sheriffs Explorer Advisor; member, Santa Fe Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, secretary, 2007; president: Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence Abuse Center, 2001, 2003; Rotary, 2003; Florida Council on Crime, 2010-2011.

Address: P.O. Box 400, Starke, 32091-0400
Phone: (904) 966-6380

County Seat: Starke
Population: 27,049
County Website:

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