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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

Chief AJ Smith



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Chief AJ Smith has extensive experience in criminal justice issues and policy development and implementation. He began his career as a deputy sheriff in 1980 with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Chief Smith has held many posts in his law enforcement career and previously worked for the Leon County Sheriff's Office, The Florida Department of Insurance, Division of State Fire Marshal, Tallahassee, The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Tallahassee and currently serves as executive director for the Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association. Chief Smith has also served as an independent consultant, providing technical and consulting services to a variety of private corporations on matters relating to law enforcement operations and communications, alcoholic beverage laws and regulations and licensing, general criminal justice issues and correctional healthcare issues. Chief Smith loves the outdoors and enjoys photography, running, biking and paddle boarding. He grew up in Apalachicola and wants to see our water and beaches protected. He has a daughter and three grandchildren.

  • Bachelors of Public Administration, Barry University
  • Instructor Certification, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
  • Certified in law enforcement basic, advanced curriculum, and high liabilities
  • Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Supervisor Training Program, Department of Insurance
  • Many hours of advanced law enforcement training
Professional Affiliations:
  • Past adjunct Instructor, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy
  • Past Chair, Region XV Law Enforcement Training Committee
  • Past President, State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association
  • Past Board Member, Statewide Law Enforcement 800 MHz Radio System
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Florida Sheriffs Association
  • Board Member, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • Florida SWAT Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • National Sheriffs' Association
  • American Society Law Enforcement Trainers
  • National Rifle Association (Police Firearms Instructor)
Community Involvement:
  • President, Cops for Kids Tallahassee, Inc.
  • Past Program Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Christmas Connection
  • Big Bend Hospice
  • Past Board Member Tallahassee Police Athletic league
  • Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce
  • Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

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What Our Community is Saying

  • 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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