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Sheriff John H. Rutherford (R)


AA degree, Florida Community College at Jacksonville; BA degree, criminology, Florida State University; graduate, FBI National Academy, Session No. 171; graduate, FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Institute; numerous law enforcement certifications and courses 


39 years, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office: sergeant zone commander and lieutenant, patrol and detective divisions; director, Region Five Criminal Justice Training Center; captain, then Chief of Services, Traffic/Special Operations and Chief of Patrol; appointed agency’s first Director of Corrections; elected Sheriff of Duval County, 2003; re-elected 2007 and 2011 

Honors and Affiliations

Inaugural honoree, FSU School of Criminology Hall of Fame; co-chair, Florida’s Region 3 Domestic Security Task Force; Jacksonville Community Council Inc. Council of Stewards; advisory board member, Seamark Ranch, Inc.; Board of Directors, Justice Coalition; Salvation Army; Angelwood, Inc.; Leadership Jacksonville, 1995; Leadership Florida; Knights of Columbus; Southside Businessmen’s Club; Elks Club; commissioner, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission; Law and Spirituality Award Recipient, Catholic Lawyer’s Guild; President’s Award, Florida Crime Prevention Association.

Address: 501 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 32202-2927
Phone: (904) 630-5898

County Seat: Jacksonville (the city of Jacksonville and Duval County are part of a consolidated government)
Population: 879,602
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