Sheriff William P. "Will" Wise (D)
Avon Park High School, Highlands County, Florida; Law Enforcement Training Certificates: South Florida Junior College, South Florida Community College, Valencia Community College; St. Petersburg Junior College, Criminal Justice; law enforcement training through: 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 and Wauchula P.D.
34 years in law enforcement; Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Deputy, 1974-1982; Patrol Sergeant, 1983-1987; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Deputy, 1987-1988; Lieutenant, 1988-1991; Captain, 1991-1992; Chief Deputy/Major, 1993-2004; elected Sheriff of DeSoto County, 2008; re-elected 2012.
Honors and Affiliations
Veterans of Foreign Wars Certificate of Appreciation, 1982; American Legion Law and Order Certificate of Appreciation, 1995; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office 30-year Certificate of Appreciation, 2004; Lifetime Honorary Member, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches; Martin Realty Florida, Inc., Award of Excellence, 2007;member, Drug Free DeSoto Coalition; member, Florida Cattleman’s Association; Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association; National Rifle Association; Elks USA, Lodge 1524; Fraternal Order of Eagles; director, Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo Association; member, DeSoto Adult Education School Advisory Council; director, Chamber of Commerce of DeSoto, Inc.
Address: 208 E. Cypress St., Arcadia, 34266-4410
Phone: (863) 993-4700
County Seat: Arcadia
County Website: http://desotobocc.com