Sheriff Stephen H. "Steve" Whidden (R)
Naples High School, Naples, FL; basic and advanced LEO curriculum, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA; AA degree, business administration, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; Kenneth Bragg Public Safety Institute, Tavares, FL; basic law enforcement academy, SWFL Criminal Justice Academy, Ft. Myers, FL; numerous DEA and State of Florida advanced LE curriculum training, 500+ hours; graduate, National Sheriffs’ Institute, 99th Session; Executive Level Education Management.
Albany Police Department, two years; Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, six years; Clewiston Police Department, four years; DEA Special Task Force, two years; elected Sheriff of Hendry County, 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016.
Honors and Affiliations
Appreciation Award, DEA, 2005; Employee of the Year, City of Clewiston, FL, 2005; board of directors: Good Wheels; Hendry/Glades Mental Behavioral Health Center; member: LaBelle Rotary Club; LaBelle Kiwanis Club; Clewiston Lions Club; named Girl Scouts of America Supporting Parent; Citizen of the Year, LaBelle Chamber of Commerce, 2012; Board of Directors, District 4, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2014.