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Sheriff William Snyder (R)



Bachelor’s degree, criminal justice, Florida Gulf Coast University; 1,000 hours advanced law enforcement training, FBI National Academy, University of Virginia, Harvard Kennedy School- Senior Executives in State and Local Government; approximately 38 years law enforcement experience.


Miami-Dade Police Department, 20 years; elected to the Florida House of Representatives, served as chairman of Judiciary Committee, 2006-2012; member, Appropriations Committee; member, House Leadership Team; focused on public safety issues, passed nine law enforcement bills including: rewrite of Florida’s gang law, rewrite of Florida’s human trafficking statutes, rewrite of Florida’s background screening law, revamping of Florida’s DNA law; elected Sheriff of Martin County, 2012; re-elected in 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Florida Sheriff’s Association Legislative Champion Award, 2012; Florida Sheriff’s Association Leadership Award, 2011; John and Reve Walsh Missing Children’s Day Award, 2011; Legislator of the Year Award, Florida Police Chiefs Association, 2010; “Katie’s Hero” recognition in reference to DNA legislation, John Walsh/America’s Most Wanted; Outstanding Leadership Award, Florida Gang Investigators Association; Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award, Florida Council Against Sexual Violence; Superior Performance recognition, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Lawrence E. Hoffman Legislative Champion Award, Florida Police Benevolent Association; Friend of Free Enterprise Award, Associated Builders and Contractors; special recognition, Florida Family Policy Council; special recognition for work on behalf of children and families, New Horizons; Brass Ring Award, Boy Scout Gulfstream Council; Faith and Family Award, Christian Coalition of Florida; recognition for work on behalf of children, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Martin County; Current Chair of Criminal Justice Committee/Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

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