Sheriff Mark Hunter


Columbia High School; BA degree, organizational management, Edward Waters College; 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 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Elk’s Lodge 893, 1987-present; district chairman, Suwannee River District Boy Scouts of America, 2008-2011; co-chair, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Pill Mill Strike Force, 2011-present; Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2012-present, chairman, 2015, secretary, 2016, vice president, 2017; committee member, Florida Model Jail Standards, 2012-present. Florida Chapter FBI National Academy Association, 2014-present.