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Sheriff Mark A. Hunter (NPA)

Lake City


Columbia High School; BA degree, organizational management, Edward Waters College; Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army; Chief Executive Seminar, Class 43; graduate, FBI National Academy, 256th Session.


Citizen soldier, Florida Army National Guard, Lt. Colonel, retired after 30 years of service.


Patrol deputy, school resource officer, Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, 1994-1999; instructor coordinator, North Florida Community College, 1995; special agent, district supervisor, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Enforcement, 1999-2005; undersheriff, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 2005-2006; elected Sheriff of Columbia County, 2008; re-elected 2012, re-elected unopposed 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Elk’s Lodge 893, 1987-present; district chairman, Suwannee River District Boy Scouts of America, 2008-2011; co-chair, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Pill Mill Strike Force, 2011; board of directors, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2012-2015; Secretary, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2016; Vice-President, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2017; President, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2018; committee member, Florida Model Jail Standards, 2012-present; committee member, Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund, 2016-present; Florida Chapter FBI National Academy Association, 2014-present.

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