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Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. (R)

DeFuniak Springs


Walton High School; BS degree, criminology, Florida State University; master’s degree, criminal justice administration, St. Leo University; Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar, Class No. 40, 2005; National Sheriffs’ Institute, class of 2011; Rural Executive Management Institute, Class No. 26; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Seminar.


State Probation and Parole; Tallahassee Police Department; Chief of Police, DeFuniak Springs Police; elected Sheriff of Walton County, 2008; re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Van R. Butler Hospitality Award, Man of the Year, 2011; Man of the Year, Northwest Florida Coast Florida Public Relations Association, 2010; Humanitarian Award, Tallahassee Police Department, 2005.

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