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Sheriff Walt McNeil (D)

Staff contact for: Research Institute

County Details

  • County Seat: Tallahassee
  • Population: 292,198


BS degree, criminology, University of Southern Mississippi; master’s degree, criminal justice; FBI National Academy, graduate.


Chief, Tallahassee Police Department; Chief, Quincy Police Department; president, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Secretary, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections; Consultant, Institute for Intergovernmental Research; Consultant, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council; former member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Law Enforcement Forecasting Group; former consultant, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Integrity Panel; elected Sheriff of Leon County, 2016 and re-elected 2020.

Honors and Affiliations

Tallahassee NAACP Humanitarian Award; recipient of the Innocence Project of Florida Partner in Justice Award; Public Sector Business Person of the Year; United States DEA Award; Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Town of Tallahassee; Board of Directors, Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, Tallahassee Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Member, Flagler College Advisory Council; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Chair, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Committee; Board member, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; former board member, Refuge House of Tallahassee; Member, Florida Parole Commission Qualifications Committee; 2006 U.S. Delegation to Israel, Anti-Defamation League; 100 Black Men of Tallahassee, practicing member; Boy Scouts of America, Board member.