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Sheriff Susan Benton (D)


Monsignor Pace High School; AA degree, Miami Dade Community College; BA degree, administration of justice, St. Thomas University; Master’s of Public Administration, Troy State University; Certified Public Manager, Florida State University; Executive Level Management Education and Training, National Sheriffs’ Institute; executive development and numerous law enforcement courses, FBI National Academy Law Enforcement.


Physical education teacher, 1969; police officer, Dade County Schools, 1974; deputy sheriff, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, 1979; administrative aide, Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, 1980; foster care counselor and protective investigator, Department of Children and Families, 1986; Highlands County Sheriff’s Office: deputy sheriff, 1989; sergeant of school resource, 1992; lieutenant of administrative services, 1995; lieutenant of criminal investigations, 2003; elected Sheriff of Highlands County, 2004; re-elected 2008 and 2012.

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Address: 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, 33870-3720
Phone: (863) 402-7200

County Seat: Sebring
Population: 98,630
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