Sheriff William P. "Will" Wise (D)
Avon Park High School, Highlands County, FL; Law Enforcement Training Certificates, South Florida Junior College, South Florida Community College, Valencia Community College, St. Petersburg Junior College; criminal justice, National Sheriffs’ Association; Florida Criminal Justice Institute; Florida Sheriffs Association; Florida Department of Law Enforcement; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office; Wauchula P.D.
Career 35 years in law enforcement; Highlands County Sheriff’s Office: patrol deputy, 1974-1982, patrol sergeant, 1983-1987; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office: patrol deputy, 1987-1988, lieutenant, 1988-1991, captain, 1991-1992, chief deputy/major, 1993-2004; elected Sheriff of DeSoto County, 2008; ran unopposed 2012
Honors and Affiliations
Veterans of Foreign Wars Certificate of Appreciation, 1982; American Legion Law and Order Certificate of Appreciation, 1995; DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office 30-year Certificate of Appreciation, 2004; Lifetime Honorary Member, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches; Award of Excellence, Martin Realty Florida, Inc., 2007; member: DeSoto Adult Education School Advisory Council, Drug Free DeSoto Coalition, Florida Cattleman’s Association, Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association, National Rifle Association, Elks USA, Lodge 1524; director, Arcadia All Florida Championship Rodeo Association, Chamber of Commerce of DeSoto, Inc.
Address: 208 E. Cypress St., Arcadia, 34266-4410
Phone: (863) 993-4700
County Seat: Arcadia
County Website: http://desotobocc.com