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Sheriff David B. Shoar (R)

St. Augustine


High school diploma, Cathedral High School; AA degree, St. Johns River Community College, with honors, 1987; BS degree, criminal justice, University of North Florida (UNF), with honors, 1996; master’s degree, public administration, UNF, with honors, 2001; awarded honorary Doctorate of Laws degree, Flagler College, 2005; graduate, FBI National Academy, 193rd session; graduate, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, 46th session; graduate, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar, 35th session; numerous law enforcement courses.


25-year veteran, Florida Army National Guard, retired at the rank of Major.


St. Augustine Police Department 1981-2000: Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Operations Commander, Administrative Services Commander; Chief of Police, 2000-2004; elected Sheriff of St. Johns County, 2004; ran unopposed 2008 and 2012; re-elected 2016; Adjunct Professor, St. Johns River Community College.

Honors and Affiliations 

Military: Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, two Army commendation medals, Florida commendation medal; In-Service Academic Excellence Award, UNF, 2002; Juvenile Justice Award, 2002; Criminal Justice Award, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2002; National “America’s Most Wanted First Responder All Star” award, 2006; Florida statewide American Legion’s “Top Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” 2007; “Good Samaritan” award, Catholic Charities of St. Johns County, 2008; “Gus Craig” Award for civic involvement, St. Johns County, 2008; "Lifetime Achievement" award, Mental Health Inc of North Florida honoring his assistance to those suffering from mental health disorders; 2017; Colonel Ed Taylor award; St. Johns Veterans' Council; 2017;  board member: EPIC, North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; trustee, St. Augustine Police Pension Fund; advisory council, Institute of Local Government, UNF; St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce; member: St. Johns County Juvenile Justice Council, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Gold Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Pre-Law Society, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida FBI National Academy Associates, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Police Executive Research Forum, Rotary Club of St. Augustine, Knights of Columbus and Masonic Lodge; National Guards Officer Association; lifetime member, Veterans of Foreign Wars; appointed, Division of Licensing Advisory Council for Private Security, 2003; appointed by Governor Crist, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, September, 2009; reappointed by Governor Scott, August 2012 and August 2016; president, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2014-2015.

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