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Sheriff Tommy Ford (R)

Panama City


BA degree, accounting, University of West Florida; graduate certificate in criminal justice education, University of Virginia; FDLE Foundational Leadership Program, 2001; FBI National Academy, 258th Session, 2014.


FDLE special agent, resident agent in charge, 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

Tyndall Federal Credit Union, director, 2014--2016; Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Executive Board, 2013-present; Bay Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation, president, 2010-2017; FSA Cold Case Advisory Commission, Vice Chair, 2017- present; Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Director,
2017-present; Florida Sheriff’s Task Force, Zone 1 Representative, 2017-present; Commissioner, Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, 2018-present; Director, Panama City Marine Institute, 2018-present.

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