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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/Runaway Juvenile

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for James Dylan Weimorts, 17, of Ponce De Leon.  He was last seen by his grandmother on the eve of Wednesday, October 22nd.  Weimorts is 5’5, weighs 130 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on James Weimorts is asked to please contact Investigator Donna Armstrong at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   ...

    Wednesday, 29 October 2014
  • Sex Offender Michael Fate Dukes Address Notification

      Dukes was adjudicated on 02/28/2004 for sex offense, other state (attempted rape, 1st degree) in Covington County, AL.  Dukes new address is: 15024 US Hwy 90 W, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433   Dukes is a 35 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 229 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.   ...

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014
  • Suspect lured 13 year old victim using Social Media

           On October 24, 2014, at approximately 2:00am, deputies responded to the area of Symphony Way and Greater Hammock Bend where they located a missing 13 year old female from out of Bay County, Florida.        Further investigation revealed that the victim had been with a white male, Timothy Daniel Stephens, 23yoa, of Mango Ln in Freeport, Fl. Stephens had first made contact with the victim by use of social media. Arrangements were made and he traveled to Bay County on October 22, 2014, picking up the victim and bringing her back to his residence. Once at the residence, Stephens did engage in sexual intercourse with said victim.        On October 24, 2014, Stephens was placed under arrest and charged with Ob ...

    Friday, 24 October 2014
  • Sexual Offender Willie Carl Sutton Address Notification

    Sutton was adjudicated on 05/12/1978 for a sexual battery, in Walton County.  Sutton’s current address is 234 John White Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Fl. Sutton  is a 59 year black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 198 lbs. There are currently 147 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.   ...

    Friday, 24 October 2014
  • Suspect Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges Thanks to an Anonymous Tip

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip shortly after midnight on Thursday, October 16th, where the caller stated that a man by the name of Christopher Dwight Ford was driving on Coy Burgess Loop in DeFuniak Springs and may be going to pick up a load of narcotics.  A description of the vehicle was given and the caller stated that Ford may have drugs and a gun inside the vehicle.  A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was given to Deputies who were patrolling the area.  Deputies located the vehicle at McDonalds, which was described as an older model blue and white Chevy truck.  The tag number on the vehicle was run and it confirmed the vehicle belonged to Ford.  A traffic stop was initiated on I10 after the driver failed to signal as he merged int ...

    Friday, 17 October 2014
  • Sexual Offender Albert Jackson Sorrells Change of Address Notification

    Sorrells was adjudicated on 11/19/2002 for sexual abuse 2nd degree and on 05/01/2006 for failure to register as a sex offender in Covington County, AL.  Sorrells current address is 22823 US Hwy 331 North, Laurel Hill. Sorrells is a 49 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’02” and 180 lbs. There are currently 145 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.     ...

    Friday, 17 October 2014
  • Two Held at Gunpoint by Citizen, Both Arrested for Burglary

      On October 14, 2014, shortly after 6 pm, deputies responded to 167 State Road 85 (Laurel Hill) for a burglary in progress.  A witness saw one male suspect enter the closed convenience store known as Paradise Lotto, through the back of the building.  A red Dodge Dakota pickup truck was at the scene with a female waiting inside.  The male suspect had in his possession several packs of cigarettes and left with the female in the truck traveling towards Florala, AL.  Both suspects returned a few minutes later and pulled up behind another store located next to Paradise Lotto, which was owned by the witness.  The Sheriff’s Office was notified by the witness.  The witness stated that the male suspect was walking towards him and at that point, the witness pulle ...

    Wednesday, 15 October 2014
  • Search Warrant results in two arrests for Methamphetamine Production

    On October 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Jimmy Ray Thomas, 46, of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community. The search warrant is part of a lengthy investigation in reference to methamphetamine production in the area. Thomas was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Trafficking in methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia.  Kayla Mechelle Ailey, 23, also of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community was also arrested during the search warrant and charged with Possession of a controlled substance. T ...

    Friday, 10 October 2014
  • Yearlong investigation leads to arrest for chicken fighting

    In October of 2013 an investigation was opened up on Joseph Aaron Richards, 35, of 407 E. Renoir Rd, DeFuniak Springs, for chicken fighting. On September 25, 2014, members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant at Richards residence. Several items were found to include publications on conditioning methods for fighting as well as how to prepare special diets prior to fighting the chickens. Richards was also found to be in possession of approximately 50 hens, roosters and biddies. Several of the chickens were seized and are now being housed at the Walton County Animal Shelter.   Richards was arrested and charged with Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Animal to Fight or Bait, a third degree felony, and Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Equipment for Animal F ...

    Thursday, 09 October 2014
  • Deputies discover unknown burglary

    Michael Charles Huber, 33, of 70 Camp Creek Road 7, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence.  On October 7, 2014, Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with the victim who lived out of state and was notified that he may have had items stolen from his trailer upon discovering that the door was open. The victim did find that items were missing at this time. On October 2, 2014, Deputies had conducted a traffic stop on Huber and remembered seeing items described in the burglary as being in the vehicle. Further investigation into this incident revealed that the item described and the items in the vehicle were the same. On October 7, 2014, at approximately 8:30pm ...

    Thursday, 09 October 2014
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Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr

SheriffSheriff 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
Provided upon request
 

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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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