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Sheriff Tommy Ford (R)
Panama City


Port St. Joe High School; Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City; BA degree, accounting, University of West Florida, Pensacola; FDLE Foundational Leadership Program, Tallahassee; Graduate Certificate Criminal Justice Education, University of Virginia; FBI National Academy, 258th Session.


Special Agent, Resident Agent in Charge, Panama City Field Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 1992—2009; Operations Commander and Chief Deputy, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, 2009 to present; Appointed Sheriff of Bay County, August 1, 2016. Elected unopposed for term beginning January 2017.

Honors and Affiliations

President, Bay Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation; Director, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Director, Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Address: 3421 N. Hwy. 77, Panama City, 32405-5009
Phone: (850) 747-4700

County Seat: Panama City
Population: 171,903
County Website:

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