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Sheriff Arnold Lanier (R)


Public schools, Hardee County; AS degree, criminal justice, South Florida Community College, Avon Park, FL; BA degree, criminal justice, UCF, Orlando, FL; St. Petersburg Community College; Valencia Community College; Southern Police Institute; Department of Justice; University of North Florida; University of Florida; OJJDP Chief Executive Seminar, 2001; National Intelligence Academy; numerous advanced and specialized law enforcement training.


Sebring Police Department, 1978; Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, 1979-present; FBI National Academy Graduate, 183rd Session; International Academy of Polygraph, 1994; elected Sheriff of Hardee County, 2008; re-elected 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Officer of the Year Award, 1980; FSA Task Force coordinator, Hardee County, 1998-2008; Violent Crime and Drug Council Board, 1997-2008; Juvenile District Council Board, 1994-present, vice chairman, 2006-2008; Hardee County Juvenile Justice Board, 1994-2007; Hardee County Youth Coalition; Florida Polygraph Association, 1996-present, vice president, 2002-2007; Hardee County Education Foundation, 1997-present, vice chairman, 2007-present; Hardee County Extension Overall Board, 1998-present; Rotary Club of Hardee County, 2002-present, vice president, 2006-2007, president, 2007-2008; Strathmore’s Who’s Who Honors in Leadership, 2006-2007; leadership ambassador, Chamber of Commerce, 2008-2012; Gulf Ridge Council Board, Boy Scouts of America; Florida Parole Commission Nominating Committee, 2012-2014; Board of Directors, District 4, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2012-2014.

Address: 900 E. Summit St., Wauchula, 33873-9606
Phone: (863) 773-0304

County Seat: Wauchula
Population: 27,887
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