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Sheriff Larry R. Ashley (R)



Geneva High School, Geneva, AL; 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.


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, November 2010; re-elected 2012 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Appointed commissioner, Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 2013; Gubernatorial Appointee, Florida’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council; received special statewide recognition for leadership and support of “School Safety” efforts in Florida Schools; single recipient, “County Partner Award,” for his push for a resolution to the DJJ juvenile detention cost-share system, Florida Association of Counties, 2014; youth sports coach; board member: YMCA, United Way; executive board member, Okaloosa-Walton Homeless Coalition, 2002-present; recipient, Senate Medal of Excellence, the legislature’s highest award for service to the people of Florida, 2009; nominee, Officer of the Year, 1994; Honorary Commander Marine VMFAT-501 "Warlords"; Board of Trustees FWB Medical Center; First Baptist Church Deacon, Youth SS Teacher, and Finance Committee Vice Chair.

Behind the Badge