Sheriff Bill Leeper (R)
Public schools of Nassau County; Fernandina Beach High School; AS degree, Vincennes University; AA degree, Florida Community College, Jacksonville, FL; BA degree, Columbia College, MO; Law Enforcement Science and Criminal Justice Certificate, National Association of Police Chiefs; Florida Highway Patrol Academy; Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville; Senior Management Leadership Program, Northwestern University, FBI National Academy Session 260.
Florida Highway Patrol, 35 years, retired Captain; business owner; former City Commissioner; Mayor, Fernandina Beach, FL, two terms; elected Sheriff of Nassau County, 2012; re-elected 2016.
Honors and Affiliations
“State Traffic Law Enforcement Officer of the Year," Florida Department of Transportation, 1995; “PIO of the Year,” Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association, 2008; “J. Stannard Baker Award” for outstanding career achievement in highway safety, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2009; “Jerry Hamm Media Award,” Northeast Florida Safety Council, 2009; “Grand Image Award,” Florida Public Relations Association, 2009; “Davis Productivity Award” for state government employees whose work measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation, State of Florida; “GEM” award for outstanding achievement, Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles; board of directors, ARC of Nassau County; Micah’s Place; past president and chairman of the board, Northeast Florida Safety Council; president-elect, Columbia College of Missouri National Alumni Association; chairman, Nassau County Community Traffic Safety Team; past-president, Fernandina Beach High School Quarterback Club; past commissioner, Fernandina Beach Pop Warner Football/ Cheerleading Association; former coach and manager, Fernandina Beach Little League Association; author, “Highway of Horror,” a traffic safety book; Fernandina Beach High School Hall of Fame, 2006; drafted by New York Mets and played professional minor league baseball,1971; Nassau County’s “Top 50 Athletes” from 1949-1999, Fernandina Beach News Leader; Nassau County Outstanding Elected Official 2014