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Sheriff Donald F. "Don" Eslinger (R)


Public schools in Warren, MI; criminal justice studies: Macomb County Community College, Seminole Community College; FBI National Academy, 168th Session; BA degree, applied behavioral science, National Louis University; FDLE Chief Executive Institute; U.S. Department of Justice National Acadmy of Corrections 


Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 35 years: dispatcher, patrol deputy, criminal investigator, special operations investigator, watch commander, SWAT team leader, advanced to major; appointed Sheriff of Seminole County by former Governor Martinez, November, 1990; elected Sheriff, 1992; re-elected 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012

Honors and Affiliations

Leadership Award, Republican Executive Committee; Excellence Award, Seminole Community Mental Health Center; President’s Award, Florida Crime Prevention Association; Elected Official of the Year, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2005; Good Government Award, Private Business Association of Seminole County, 2006; Seminole County Leadership Award, Office of the State Attorney, 18th Judicial Circuit, 2008; Leadership Legends Award, Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to young people, Boy Scouts of America, 2009; Community Service Award, Seminole Association of School Administrators, 2009; Spirit of Youth Award, Girls and Boys Town of Central Florida; Florida President’s Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club; R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award, Children’s Home Society; Leadership Award, Florida Partners in Crisis; Friend of Youth Award, Optimist Club of Sanford, 2006; CALEA, Egon Bittner Award, 2012; Leadership Seminole, 2008; governance board, Central Florida Intelligence Exchange; Board of Directors, Law Enforcement Technology Training and Research, Inc.; chairman, Board of Managers, Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund; past president, Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; Board of Directors, Treatment Advocacy Center, Arlington, VA; advisory board, Envision Seminole and Keep Seminole Beautiful; advisory board member, FDLE’s Missing Children Information Clearinghouse; executive board, Central Florida Criminal Justice Association; executive board, Central Florida Boy Scout Council; executive board, Kids House of Seminole; Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Seminole Community College; member, Safe House of Seminole, Founders’ Council; Board of Directors, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services; chairman, Zone 5, Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force; member, Governor’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council; co-chairman, Governor’s Central Florida Drug Enforcement Strike Force; advisory board member, Florida Tax Watch Center for Smart Justice; leadership, "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" campaign. 

Address: 100 Bush Blvd., Sanford, 32773-6706
Phone: (407) 665-6600

County Seat: Sanford
Population: 430,838
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