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Sheriff William O. "Bill" Farmer Jr. (R)



Public schools, Sumter County; Lake Sumter Community College; AA degree, criminal justice; BA degree, cum laude, criminology, St. Leo University; graduate work, public administration; Executive Development Program, National Sheriffs’ Institute; Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute; graduate, FBI National Academy, 195th Session.


U.S. Army, 1966-1968.


FBI, Washington, DC; Florida Division of Corrections; patrolman, Webster Police Department; patrolman, Wildwood Police Department; Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, 46 years: Patrolman, Criminal Investigator, Chief Deputy; elected Sheriff of Sumter County, 1996; re-elected 2000, ran unopposed 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Past president, Sumter Gideon Camp; board of directors: Florida Sheriffs Association, 2003- 2011, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2003-2008, 2012; board of directors: United Way Lake/Sumter Counties, Central Florida Crime Line, Lake/Sumter Habitat for Humanity, Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, Lake/Sumter Community College Foundation; member, advisory committee: Lake-Sumter Community College, Central Florida Community College Criminal Justice; Emergency Planning Committee, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council; Region VI Criminal Justice Standards and Training Council; member: Florida and International Homicide Investigator’s Association, Florida Division of International Association for Identification, Florida and Sumter County Cattleman Associations, Sumter County Farmer’s Market, Sumter Youth Charities; chairman of the board: Florida Sheriffs Association, 2005-2006; Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2005-2008, Vice President, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2008-2009; President, Florida Sheriffs Association 2009- 2010; member of the board, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches; chairman of the board, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, 2012- 2013. 

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