David B. Shoar, Sheriff
The Office of The Sheriff is held by an elected, constitutional officer in a partisan office. The Sheriff serves as the chief law enforcement officer, the chief bailiff of the court, and the chief corrections officer of the county. The Sheriff’s salary is set by the legislature and in St. Johns County; a Sheriff is elected for a four-year term. Funding for the Sheriff’s Office is allocated by the Board of County Commissioners. Chapter 30, Florida Statutes, outlines the responsibility of the Sheriff, which includes that the Sheriff be a qualified voter and become a certified law enforcement officer within two years after taking office. Commissioned and appointed deputies are empowered by the Sheriff’s authority.
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