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Sheriff Jeff Hardy (D)


Deerfield Beach High School; AS degree, Vincennes University; FDLE Chief Executive Seminar, 42nd Session; FBI Executive Development Seminar.


U.S. Navy, served aboard aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.


deputy, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 1988-1991; Putnam County Sheriff ’s Office: patrol deputy, 1991-1993; narcotics investigator, 1993; property crimes investigator, 1994; sergeant, School Resource Unit, 1995; lieutenant, School Resource Unit, 1997-2005; coordinator of school safety and security, Putnam County School District Police Department, 2005-2008; elected Sheriff of Putnam County, 2008; re-elected 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Meritorious Service Award, Broward County Sheriff’s Office; Life Saving Award, Broward County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy of the Year Award, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office,1992; district chairman, Boy Scouts of America; executive board of directors: Putnam Behavioral, Habitat for Humanity, Putnam Chamber of Commerce; member: National Sheriffs' Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Palatka Kiwanis, Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Florida Gang Investigators Association, Masonic Lodge #72, American Legion Post #293, Morocco Shrine Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Men’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Address: P.O. Drawer 1578, Palatka, 32178-1578
Phone: (386) 329-0800

County Seat: Palatka
Population: 74,041
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