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Sheriff Gainey

Sheriff Emery Gainey (R)

Alachua | View All Sheriffs

County Details

  • County Seat: Gainesville
  • Population: 278,468


Buchholz High School; Santa Fe College and the University of Florida, B.A. in Criminal Justice; graduate, FBI National Academy, 188th Session; numerous specialized law enforcement and management training courses and certifications.


Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, September 1982-May 2007: Uniform Patrol Deputy; School Resource Deputy; Lieutenant, Public Information Bureau Chief; Lieutenant, Uniform Patrol Shift Commander; Lieutenant, Human Resources Bureau Chief; Administrative Lieutenant, Uniform Patrol Division; Captain, Uniform Patrol Division Commander; Appointed Homeland Security Commander, September 2001; Colonel, Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer; Florida Office of the Attorney General, Chief of Staff/Director of Law Enforcement & Victim Services, June 2007-March 2016; Appointed Sheriff of Marion County, May 2016-January 2017; Florida Office of the Attorney General, Chief of Staff/Director of Law Enforcement & Victim Services, March 2016-March 2020; Appointed Sheriff of Alachua County, October 2023.

Honors and Affiliations

Special Olympics Florida, Board of Directors 2008-Current; Chair, District Board of Trustees, Santa Fe College, October 2021-Current; Governor DeSantis Law Enforcement Transition Team, January-February 2019; Florida Constitution Revision Commission, March 2017-May 2018; Judicial Nominating Commission, 8th Judicial Circuit, October 2008-January 2016; FBINA; Past Affiliations: Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board; Statewide Domestic Security Oversight Committee; Florida Department of Education, Educational Practices Commission; American Cancer Society (ACS); Alachua County Medical Society; Board of Directors for the Girls Club of Alachua County; Board of Directors for the North Central Florida Chapter of the YMCA; Shands Hospital at Vista Community Advisory Board; Board of Directors for the United Way of Alachua County; Rotary Club of Gainesville; Member of the Florida Public Personnel Association; Member of the Florida Public Information Officers Association; Florida Sheriff’s Association; Florida Police Chiefs Association; Statewide Governor’s Task Force for Youth Violence in the State of Florida, 1991-1992; Florida Sheriffs’ Statewide Emergency Response Task Force; Florida Sheriffs’ Administrative Management Advisory Committee.