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Sheriff Tommy Ford (R)

Panama City


Port St. Joe High School; Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City; BA degree, accounting, University of West Florida; FDLE Foundational Leadership Program, 2011; graduate certificate, criminal justice education, University of Virginia; FBI National Academy, 258th Session.


Special agent, resident agent in charge, Panama City Field Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 1992-2009; Bay County Sheriff’s Office, chief deputy, 2009-2016; elected Sheriff of Bay County, 2016.

"We will continue to be relentless against criminal activity, compassionate to victims, responsive to citizens and will partner with our community to keep Bay County safe."
~ Sheriff Tommy Ford
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Honors and Affiliations

Bay Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, president, 2010-2017; Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, director, 2013-present; Tyndall Federal Credit Union, director, 2014-present.