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Sheriff Chris Blair (R)


AA degree, College of Central Florida; BA degree, University of Central Florida; graduate, Southern Police Institute Command School, Louisville, KY.


Marion County Sheriff’s Office, 35 years, retired as the Major/Bureau Chief in charge of Special Investigations, December 2010; elected Sheriff of Marion County, 2012

Honors and Affiliations

Former chairman, North Florida Violent Crime Council; former member, CART (Child Abduction Response Team) with FDLE; Crime Stop of Marion County; Florida Robbery Intelligence Unit; former vice-chair, North Florida Violent Crime Council; member, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency; Leadership Ocala, Class No. 1 Alumni; Southern Police Institute Alumni; University of Central Florida Alumni; lifetime member, NRA; State of Florida Officer of the Year, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1985; Marion County Officer of the Year, Ocala Jaycees; Officer of the Year, Sons of the American Revolution; Officer of the Year, Noon Optimist Club; Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2010; Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Criminal Justice Award 2013. Serves on the following Boards: United Way, Marion County Children’s Alliance, Kimberly's Center for Child Protection, Marion County Homeless Council, the Fifth Circuit Public Guardian Corporation, and is Co-Chair Public Safety Coordinating Council (county commissioners).

Address: P.O. Box 1987, Ocala, 34478-1987
Phone: (352) 732-8181

County Seat: Ocala
Population: 335,125
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