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Sheriff Rick Beseler (R)
Green Cove Springs


Public schools of Clay County; AA degree, St. Johns River Junior College, Palatka, FL; BS degree, criminology, Florida State University; master’s degree, criminal justice, University of North Florida; FBI National Academy, 141st Session, 1985; FBI Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, 1993; National Sheriffs’ Institute, 90th Session, 2006; FBI Law Enforcement Executives Development Seminar, 57th Session, Quantico, VA, November 2007.


Dispatcher through patrol sergeant, Green Cove Springs Police Department, five years; investigator through chief investigator, State Attorney’s Office, 4th Circuit, 25 years; elected Sheriff of Clay County, 2004; re-elected 2008 and 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

J.P. Hall Memorial Officer of the Year, 1974; president, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 104, 1980- 1982; nominated, Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 1983 and 1984; Award for Outstanding Performance of Duty, American Society for Industrial Security, 1987; chairman, Northeast Florida Intelligence Unit, 1994; president, Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Executives Association, 2001; vice-chairman, Green Cove Springs Charter Revision Committee,2001; president, Florida Chapter FBI National Academy Association, 2005; historian, Florida Chapter FBI National Academy, 2007-present; chairman, board of directors, Clay County Police Activities League, 2006-2010; appointed by Attorney General Bill McCollum as chairman, Region 3 Gang Reduction Task Force, January 2009-present; chairman, board of directors, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2011; Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2012-present, vice-chairman, 2014-present; appointed by Governor Rick Scott to State of Florida Medical Examiners Commissioners, 2013-present.

Address: P.O. Box 548, Green Cove Springs, 32043-0548
Phone: (904) 284-7575

County Seat: Green Cove Springs
Population: 192,370
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