Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.
, is a sixth generation native of Walton County and a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He previously worked with the Florida Department of Corrections, Bureau of Parole; the Tallahassee Police Department; and the DeFuniak Springs Police Department. Sheriff Adkinson holds a BA in Criminology from Florida State University and a Master's in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. He has continued his criminal justice education by attending more than 2,000 hours of law enforcement training and has served as an adjunct instructor at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, which is one of the nation's premier law enforcement academies. Sheriff Adkinson has also lectured at the university level on law enforcement issues. Prior to being elected as sheriff, he served as the Chief of Police for the City of DeFuniak Springs.
In 2012, a team of state law enforcement assessors reviewing operations at the sheriff's office reported that under Sheriff Adkinson's leadership the Walton County Sheriff's Office has become one of Florida's premier law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Adkinson was first elected in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.
Sheriff Adkinson resides in DeFuniak Springs with his wife of 20 years and two daughters Annabelle 13, and Ava 9. His wife Erin owns and operates her own business in south Walton. They are Baptist by faith and attend church in DeFuniak Springs.
Sheriff Adkinson is a committed supporter of Emerald Coast Type 1 and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
. Both organizations are dedicated to supporting families and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Statewide Positions Held
Co-Chair of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force 2009-Current
Chairman - Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation 2011-Current
Board of Directors – Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association 2012-Current
FDLE Executive Institute Board Member 2012-Current
B.S. Criminology Florida State University
M.S. Criminal Justice St. Leo University
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar #40 2006
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 2009
Rural Executive Management Institute Class#26 2010
National Sheriff's Institute Class#100 2011
Awards and Commendations
1993-2004 Numerous letters of Commendation
2003 CPA Officer of the Year Nominee
2005 Humanitarian Award
2010 Florida Public Relations Man of the Year
2011 Van Ness Butler Jr. Award
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