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Sheriff Tommy Ford (R)

Panama City

Education

Port St. Joe High School; Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City; BA degree, accounting, University of West Florida, Pensacola; FDLE Foundational Leadership Program, Tallahassee; Graduate Certificate Criminal Justice Education, University of Virginia; FBI National Academy, 258th Session.

Career

Special Agent, Resident Agent in Charge, Panama City Field Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 1992—2009; Operations Commander and Chief Deputy, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, 2009 to present; Appointed Sheriff of Bay County, August 1, 2016. Elected unopposed for term beginning January 2017.

"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; Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, director; Tyndall Federal Credit Union, director.

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