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Sheriff George Paul “Gordon” Smith (R)

Bradford | View All Sheriffs

County Details

  • County Seat: Starke
  • Population: 28,303


Bradford High School; AA degree, Vincennes University; law enforcement, corrections program, Lake City Community College; State of Florida Certified Instructor; FBI National Academy, 240th Session; National Sheriffs’ Training Institute, 97th Session; FBI/Florida Executive Development Seminar; Florida Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Police Chiefs Association Executive Development, Advanced Police Chiefs Seminar; Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard’s Kennedy School; numerous advanced and specialized law enforcement training courses.


Corrections officer, Florida Department of Corrections, one year; sergeant investigations, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, 10 years; Starke Police Department, 11 years; Chief of Police, seven years; elected Sheriff of Bradford County, 2008; re-elected 2012, 2016, and 2020.

Honors and Affiliations

FBI Latent Print Examiner, expert; State of Florida certified Instructor in Firearms, Chemical Weapons, Officer Survival, D.A.R.E and PPCT Impact Weapons; Bradford Sheriffs Explorer Advisor, founder; member, Santa Fe Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Secretary, 2007; Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence Abuse Center, President, 2001, 2003; Rotary, 2003; Florida Council on Crime, 2010-2011.

Quote from Your Sheriff

“Some will always seek the opportunity to become the Sheriff, but to me it’s an obligation.”
~ Sheriff George Paul “Gordon” Smith