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Sheriff William O. "Bill" Farmer Jr. (R)


Public schools, Sumter County; AA degree, criminal justice, Lake Sumter Community College; BA degree, cum laude, criminology, St. Leo University; graduate work, public administration; National Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Development Program; Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute; graduate, FBI National Academy, 195th session


U.S. Army 1966-1968


FBI, Washington, D.C.; 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; Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2003-2008 and 2012; 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; Children’s Advocacy Center Lake/Sumter Counties;; member: Lake-Sumter Community College, Central Florida Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committees, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Emergency Planning Committee, Region VI Criminal Justice Standards and Training Council, Florida and 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; chairman of the board: Florida Sheriffs Association, 2005-2006; Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2005-2008; vice president, 2008-2009; president, 2009-2010, Florida Sheriffs Association; presently chairman of the board, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

Address: 1010 North Main Street, Bushnell, FL 33513
Phone: (352) 569-1600

County Seat: Bushnell
Population: 97,756
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