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Sheriff Chris Blair (R)


AA degree, College of Central Florida; BA degree, University of Central Florida; graduate, Southern Police Institute Command School, Louisville, KY.


35 years of service, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, retired as the major/bureau chief in charge of Special Investigations, December 2010; elected Sheriff of Marion County, 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Former chairman, North Florida Violent Crime Council; former member: Child Abduction Response Team with FDLE, Crime Stop of Marion County, Florida Robbery Intelligence Unit; former vicechair, North Florida Violent Crime Council; member, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency; Leadership Ocala, Class #1 Alumni; Southern Police Institute Alumni; University of Central Florida Alumni; lifetime member, NRA; State of Florida Officer of the Year, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1985; Marion County Officer of the Year, Ocala Jaycees; Officer of the Year, Sons of the American Revolution; Officer of the Year, Noon Optimist Club; Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2010; Distinguished Service Award in Criminal Justice, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2013.

Address: P.O. Box 1987, Ocala, 34478-1987
Phone: (352) 732-8181

County Seat: Ocala
Population: 332,529
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