Sheriff William O. "Bill" Farmer Jr. (R)
Public schools, Sumter County; Lake Sumter Community College; AA degree, criminal justice; BA degree, cum laude, criminology, St. Leo University; graduate work, public administration; National Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Development Program; Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute; graduate of the 195th Session of the FBI National Academy
U.S. Army 1966-1968
FBI, Washington, DC; Florida Division of Corrections; Patrolman, Webster Police Dept.; Patrolman, Wildwood Police Dept.; Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, 36 years – Patrolman, Criminal Investigator, Chief Deputy, elected Sheriff of Sumter County, 1996, re-elected, 2000, ran unopposed, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Honors and Affiliations
Past-President, Sumter Gideon Camp; Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2003-2011 and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2003-2008 and 2012; Board of Directors, United Way Lake/Sumter Counties, Central Florida Crime line, Lake/Sumter Habitat for Humanity, Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Lake/Sumter Community College Foundation, Lake/Sumter Hospice and Children’s Advocacy Center Lake/Sumter Counties; member, Lake Sumter Community College and Central Florida Community College; Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Emergency Planning Committee and Region VI Criminal Justice Standards and Training Council; member, Florida & International Homicide Investigator’s Association, Florida Division of International Association for Identification, Florida and Sumter County Cattleman Associations, Sumter County Farmer’s Market and Sumter Youth Charities; served as Chairman of the Board, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2005-2006 and Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2005-2008, vice president, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2008-2009; president, Florida Sheriffs Association 2009-2010; current chairman of the board, Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches.
Address: 1010 North Main Street, Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: (352) 569-1600
County Seat: Bushnell
County Website: http://sumtercountyfl.gov/