Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.


Walton High School; BS degree, Criminology, Florida State University; master’s degree, criminal justice administration, St. Leo University; Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar, class No. 40, 2005; National Sheriffs’ Institute, class of 2011; Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, class No. 40; Rural Executive Management Institute, class No. 26; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Seminar.


State Probation and Parole; Tallahassee Police Department; chief of police, DeFuniak Springs Police; elected Sheriff of Walton County, 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Director, Walton County Emergency Management, appointed 2009- 2014; commissioner, Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation; member, Legislative Committee, Florida Sheriffs Association; co-chair, Region 1 Domestic Security Task Force, 2009-2014; board member, Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association; chair, Board of Directors, FSA; Van R. Butler Hospitality Award, Man of the Year, 2011; Man of the Year, Northwest Florida Coast Florida Public Relations Association, 2010; Humanitarian Award, Tallahassee Police Department, 2005.