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Sheriff Larry R. Ashley (R)

Shalimar

Education

Geneva High School, Geneva, Ala.; BS degree, criminal justice, University of Southern Mississippi, 1989; master’s degree, public administration, Troy State University, 1998; FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va., 2005; various law enforcement specialized training courses.

Career

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office: patrol division, 1990-1991; K-9/street crimes division, 1991-1995; criminal investigations division, 1995-2001; captain, field services, 2001-2004; major and director, support services division, 2007-2008; major and director, finance and administration, 2009; chief deputy, 2009-2010; elected Sheriff of Okaloosa County, 2010; re-elected 2012 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Gubernatorial Appointee to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission 2018; Board of Trustees at FWB Medical Center 2014-Present; Gubernatorial Appointee Florida’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council 2014; Gubernatorial Appointee to Florida Citizen Safety and Protection “Stand Your Ground” Task Force in 2013; Commissioner, Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 2012-Present; Statewide recognition for leadership and support of “School Safety” efforts in Florida Schools 2014; Single recipient of Florida Association of Counties, “County Partner Award” for resolution to the DJJ juvenile detention cost-share system 2016; United Way executive board member 2010-2016; Awarded “Senate Medal of Excellence”, the Florida Legislature’s highest award for service to the people of Florida, 2009; YMCA Executive Board Member and Youth Sports Coach 2000-2010, Member FL Homicide Investigators Association and High Technology Crime Investigation Association 1998-2002; Kiwanis Executive Board Member 2003-2005; Nominee for Okaloosa County Officer of the Year, 1994.

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