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Sheriff Donald F. "Don" Eslinger (R)


Public schools in Warren, MI; criminal justice studies: Macomb County Community College, MI; Seminole Community College; FBI National Academy, 168th Session; BA degree, applied behavioral science, National Louis University.


Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 36 years, advanced to major; appointed Sheriff of Seminole County, 1990; elected Sheriff of Seminole County, 1992; re-elected 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Leadership Award, Republican Executive Committee; Seminole Community Mental Health Center Excellence Award; Florida Crime Prevention Association’s President’s Award; Elected Official of the Year 2005, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Good Government Award, Private Business Association of Seminole County, 2006; Seminole County Leadership Award, Office of the State Attorney 18th Judicial Circuit, 2008; Leadership Legends Award, Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to young people, Boy Scouts of America, 2009; Community Service Award, Seminole Association of School Administrators, 2009; Spirit of Youth Award, Girls & Boys Town of Central Florida; Florida President’s Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club; R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award, Children’s Home Society; Leadership Award, Florida Partners in Crisis; Friend of Youth Award, Optimist Club of Sanford, 2006; CALEA, Egon Bittner Award, 2012; Leadership Seminole, 2008; governance board, Central Florida Intelligence Exchange; board of directors: Law Enforcement Technology Training and Research, Inc.; Treatment Advocacy Center, Arlington, VA; Florida Network of Youth & Family Services; chairman, board of managers, Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund; past president, board of directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; advisory board, Envision Seminole and Keep Seminole Beautiful; advisory board member: FDLE’s Missing Children Information Clearinghouse, Florida Tax Watch Center for Smart Justice; executive board: Central Florida Criminal Justice Association, Central Florida Boy Scout Council, Kids House of Seminole; Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Seminole Community College; member: Safe House of Seminole, Founders’ Council; chairman, Zone 5, Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force; member, Governor’s Criminal & Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council; co-chairman, Governor’s Central Florida Drug Enforcement Strike Force.

Address: 100 Bush Blvd., Sanford, 32773-6706
Phone: (407) 665-6600

County Seat: Sanford
Population: 431,074
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