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Sheriff Aden

Sheriff Eric Aden (R)

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Okaloosa | View All Sheriffs

County Details

  • County Seat: Crestview
  • Population: 211,668


1990 Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach; Bachelor’s degree in criminology, Florida State University; 1994 Law Enforcement Academy, Northwest Florida State College; FDLE Senior Leadership Program, Class 15; FDLE Executive Leadership Seminar, Class 4; Candidate University, Okaloosa County; FBI National Academy, session 276; Graduate certificate in criminal justice education, University of Virginia.


Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputy, operations bureau, 1995-1997; School resource officer, operations bureau, 1997-1998; part-time deputy, operations bureau, 1998-2003; Mortgage banking and finance, 1998-2008; Walton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant, lieutenant, court security and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, special operations bureau, 2008-2010; Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, judicial services, administration bureau, 2010-2014; lieutenant, criminal investigations section, investigations bureau, 2014-2016; lieutenant, watch commander, operations bureau; captain, operations bureau, 2017-2018; major, operations bureau chief, 2018-2020; major, administration bureau, 2020, Elected Sheriff Okaloosa County 2020.

Honors and Affiliations

United Way Loaned Executive of the Year, 2014; Honorary commander, Hurlburt Field, 2015; Member and past councilman, Shalimar United Methodist Church; Past member, security ministry team, Shalimar United Methodist Church; Past United Way loaned executive, volunteer; Past board member, Kiwanis Club; Past president, secretary, member, Okaloosa Re-publican Club; Past Executive committee member and precinct captain, Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee; Associate member; Republican Women of Okaloosa; Past Board and Finance Committee member, Northwest Florida State College Foundation; HOA president, Portofino Townhomes; Past Board member, Horizons Foundation/ARC of the Emerald Coast; Associate Member, All Sports Association; Past member, Elks Lodge No. 1795; Member, Destin BE Empowered; Member, 1st Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association; Selected to and attended the USAF Air War College National Security Forum, 2017; Past Faith-Based Committee, Finance Committee, Board Member, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Member, FBI National Academy Associates Inc.; Past Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Past member, Board of Trustees, Bridgeway Center.