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Sheriff James F. Potter (D)



North Shore High School, Glen Head, N.Y.; Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy.


U.S. Air Force, security police, 1981-1985.


Ft. Walton Beach Police Department Auxiliary, 1985; Florida Highway Patrol: trooper, 1986-1990, sergeant, 1990-2000, lieutenant, 2000-2010, captain, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, 2010-2014, retired as major, 2014; elected Sheriff of DeSoto County, 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Arcadia Kiwanis Club, president; Mason-Peace River Lodge No 66; Leadership DeSoto Class IV graduate, 2014; Chamber of Commerce of DeSoto, Inc., director; DeSoto County Historical Society; DeSoto County High School Top Dog Booster; American Legion Member, Post 11; Jim Space Community Playground Rebuild Team, captain; Florida Sheriffs Association; Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches; Upward Soccer Coach, 2003-2008; Community Traffic Safety Team, 2000-2010; DeSoto County Rodeo Association, member; Florida Cattleman’s Association, member; National Wildlife Turkey Federation, member.