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Sheriff Mark Hunter

Sheriff Mark A. Hunter (NPA)

Columbia | View All Sheriffs

County Details

  • County Seat: Lake City
  • Population: 69,698


Columbia High School; BA degree, organizational management, Edward Waters College; graduate, Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army; Chief Executive Seminar, Class 43; graduate, FBI National Academy, 256th Session.


Citizen soldier, Florida Army National Guard, Lt. Colonel, retired after 30 years of service.


Patrol deputy, school resource officer, Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, 1994-1999; instructor coordinator, North Florida Community College, 1995; special agent, district supervisor, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Enforcement, 1999-2005; undersheriff, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 2005-2006; elected Sheriff of Columbia County, 2008; re-elected 2012, ran unopposed 2016 and 2020

Honors and Affiliations

Elks Lodge 893, 1987-present; co-chair, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Pill Mill Strike Force, 2011; committee member, Florida Model Jail Standards, 2012-present; chairman, board of directors, Florida Sheriff’s Association 2014 – 2015; Florida Chapter FBI National Academy Association, 2014 – present; committee member, Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund, 2016 – present; chairman, Florida Sheriff’s Employee Benefits Trust, 2017 – Present; president, Florida Sheriff’s Association 2018 – 2019; commissioner, Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., 2021.