Meet The Sheriff


Sheriff Tommy Ford was appointed Sheriff of Bay County by Governor Rick Scott on August 1, 2016, and began a four 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 eighteen 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 eleven years on the FDLE Special Operations Team, and as Team Leader for two years.  In 2003, he was promoted to the Resident Agent in Charge of the FDLE in Panama City's Field Office, supervising investigations in the six county 14th Judicial Circuit.


In 2009, he was hired by Sheriff  Frank 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 of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, and is President of the Bay Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation (BLEAF).

Sheriff's Office

3421 N Highway 77
Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 747-4700

Jail Facility

5700 Star Lane
Panama City, FL 32404
(850) 785-5245
(850) 215-5140