St. Johns County


David B. Shoar, Sheriff


Sheriff Shoar is a 1987 honors graduate from St. Johns River Community College, and he graduated with “highest honors” in 1996 from the University of North Florida, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In December 2001, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with “highest honors” from the University of North Florida.

Sheriff Shoar began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the St. Augustine Police Department in December of 1981. He served as a patrol officer for 10 years until his promotion to Sergeant in 1991. In 1997, Sheriff Shoar was promoted to Operations Commander overseeing the Patrol and Detective Divisions. In 1999, he was assigned as the Administrative Services Commander and served in that capacity until May of 2000, when City Manager Bill Harris appointed him Chief of Police.

In May 2005, Sheriff Shoar retired after 24 years of service with the Florida Army National Guard.

Sheriff Shoar retired from the St. Augustine Police Department in 2004 after being elected to serve as Sheriff of St. Johns County. In 2008 and 2012, respectively, Sheriff Shoar was elected to a second and a third term as Sheriff with no opposition. In 2016, Sheriff Shoar was once again elected as Sheriff after running against an opponent.

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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. Commissioned and appointed deputies are empowered by the Sheriff’s authority.