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Welcome to the Walton County Sheriff's Office Website

"We have been recognized as a leader in law enforcement innovation and have received state accreditation. The men and women of your sheriff's office have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and a commitment to service to the citizens and visitors of this county. It is an honor and privilege to serve with them." ~ Sheriff Mike Adkinson

  • Search for Missing Person, Allan McNelis

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Allan McNelis, 67, of Santa Rosa Beach.  McNelis was last seen Sunday morning (11/23), wearing a yellow button down shirt, khaki pants, brown lace-up boots and a black Kangol brand cap, which he wears backwards.  McNelis is a white male, with a thin build, standing 6’01” and weighing approximately 165 pounds.  He has medium length white/grey hair, brown eyes and a goatee.  Anyone with information on Allan McNelis is asked to please contact Sergeant Angie Hogeboom at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.      ...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • WCSO Nets Five Arrests After Meth Lab Bust

      On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit served a probable cause search warrant at 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach.  Investigators located an active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab, along with over 200 grams of bi-layer liquids which is suspected to be meth oil.  Investigators also found pre-curser chemicals and used syringes lying throughout the small camper trailer.  Upon execution of the warrant, the following individuals were arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia:   Troy Lynn Roberts, 37, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Taylor Alexis Gates, 20, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Samuel D ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest

           A joint investigation between Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of Justin Ryan Tankersley, 28, of 2907 Cosson Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.             On 10/31/2014, a Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen from a residence in DeFuniak Springs. On 11/11/2014, Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview with Tankersley at his residence in reference to items that had been stolen from their county. During the course of the interview, several items had been located in Tankersley’s possession that had been reported stolen to include the Yamaha motorcycle.            On 11/13/2014, ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • WCSO Investigating Pizza Delivery Robbery

        On November 19, 2014, around 6:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to Hungry Howies in DeFuniak Springs, in reference to an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person.  The incident occurred off Charlie Brown Road at approximately 5:45 pm.  As the driver parked the vehicle, a white male came from the bushes and approached the driver side window.  The male stated, “I just want the money” and pointed a black handgun at the driver.  The driver removed an undisclosed amount of money from the bank bag and gave it to the male.  The male then turned his head, yelled and a black male, late teens to early twenties, came from the bushes and ran towards the white male where they both ran down Charlie Brown Road (East) to South Norwood Road.   ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Arnold Dewayne Thomas Change of Address Notification

      Thomas was adjudicated on 12/28/2004 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12-15 years old in Holmes County, FL.  Thomas’ current address is 7 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Thomas is currently taking care of a sick relative and has a temporary address of 1291 Thomas Lane, Westville, FL (Holmes County).   Thomas is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 140 lbs.   There are currently 150 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • WCSO Holiday Safety Tips

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips on how to be safe this holiday season.   Shopping Safety Tips   - Always walk and park in well-lit areas. - While out and about, present an alert presence. - Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car and waiting to strike when you least expect it. - There is safety in numbers, shop with friends or relatives. - Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. - Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry or clothing. - Have car keys ready to use when you reach the car.   Vehicle Safety & ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Walton County Sheriff's Office Arrests Three for Armed Robbery at Loves Travel Shop

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place early this morning at McDonalds within Loves Travel Shop, located at 17750 State Highway 285, Mossy Head.  Two black male suspects with partially covered faces entered the business around 3:15 am this morning.  One of the suspects brandished a 22 magnum handgun and demanded money.  Both suspects fled with approximately $2,500 in a 2008 Mazda with a Louisiana tag heading towards Niceville.  Patrol deputies pursued and stopped the suspect’s vehicle.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  A third suspect was apprehended a few hours later near Hwy 90 and Emma Lane in Mossy Head.  The weapon used during the robbery and the stolen money have be ...

    Tuesday, 11 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Christopher Dwight Cole Address Notification

    Cole was adjudicated on 06/15/1999 for sexual battery/coerces by threat.  Cole’s current address is 871 Nance Road, Laurel Hill. Cole is a 46 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 5’09” and 183 lbs. There are currently 149 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County. The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Monday, 10 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Paul Dennis St Onge Address Notification

      St Onge was adjudicated on 10/16/1998 lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Santa Rosa County, FL.  St Onge’s current address is 716 Wallace Road, DeFuniak Springs.   St Onge is a 38 year old white male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’08” and 240 lbs.   There are currently 150 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Monday, 10 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Thomas Allen Lowe Address Notification

      Lowe was adjudicated on 01/18/1994 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Holmes County.  Lowe’s current address is 5213 Hwy 83, Defuniak Springs.   Lowe is a 46 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 232 lbs.   There are currently 148 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Monday, 10 November 2014
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Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr

Sheriff-AtkinsonSheriff 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.


Professional

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

Higher Education
B.S. Criminology Florida State University
M.S. Criminal Justice St. Leo University

Command Schools
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

Curriculum Vitae
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  • I am grateful for the young lives that our sheriffs department have probably saved. Thanks for keeping your citizens and your spring breakers safe. Making a clear statement that underage drinking will not be tolerated prevents an untold number of crimes and injuries from happening. Y'all do an excellent job!
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