Sheriff Tommy Ford was appointed Sheriff of Bay County by Governor Rick Scott on August 1 , 2016, and will begin a 4 year term of office in January 2017.
Sheriff Ford grew up in Port St. Joe, FL, and attended Gulf Coast Community College. He graduated in 1992 from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Finance.
In 1992, Sheriff Ford began an 18 year career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement serving as a Special Agent investigating violent crime, major drug crimes, public integrity issues and officer involved shootings.
He served for 11 years on the FDLE Special Operations Team, and as Team Leader for 2 years. In 2003, he was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge of the FDLE Panama City Field Office supervising investigations in the 6 county 14th Judicial Circuit.
In 2009, he was hired by Sheriff Mckeithen at the Bay County Sheriff's Office serving as the Operations Commander and Chief Deputy. In 2014, Sheriff Ford graduated from the 258th session of the FBI National Academy and received a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is a board member with the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center , and is President of the Bay Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation(BLEAF).