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Sheriff William P. "Will" Wise (D)


Avon Park High School, Highlands County, FL; Law Enforcement Training Certificates: South Florida Junior College, South Florida Community College, Valencia Community College, St. Petersburg Junior College; Criminal Justice; National Sheriffs' Association; Florida Criminal Justice Institute; Florida Sheriffs Association; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office; Wauchula P.D.


36 years in law enforcement; Highlands County Sheriff’s Office: patrol deputy, 1974-1982; patrol sergeant, 1983-1987; patrol deputy, 1987- 1988; lieutenant, 1988-1991; captain, 1991-1992; chief deputy/ major, 1993-2004; elected Sheriff of DeSoto County, 2008; ran unopposed 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Veterans of Foreign Wars Certificate of Appreciation, 1982; American Legion Law and Order Certificate of Appreciation, 1995; 30-year Certificate of Appreciation, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, 2004; Lifetime Honorary Member, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches; Award of Excellence, Martin Realty Florida, Inc., 2007; member: Florida Cattleman’s Association, Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association, Elks USA Lodge 1524, DeSoto Adult Education School Advisory Council; director: Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo Association, Chamber of Commerce of DeSoto, Inc.

Address: 208 E. Cypress St., Arcadia, 34266-4410
Phone: (863) 993-4700

County Seat: Arcadia
Population: 35,012
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