Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff, Orange County, FL

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings has the distinction of serving as Orlando’s first black Police Chief and was elected as the first black Orange County Sheriff in 2008. Prior to becoming Sheriff, he was the Director of Public Safety for Orange County. In addition, Sheriff Demings has been involved in numerous civic activities, including the FEMA National Advisory Council, the Florida Supreme Court’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force, and the Florida Sheriff’s Association, where he is Immediate Past President. Currently, he serves as President of the Major County Sheriffs Foundation and is on the National Sheriffs Association Board of Directors. Sheriff Demings has been recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the 50 most influential Central Floridians each year since 2009 and has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel many years as one of the 25 most influential persons in the area.

Sheriff Demmings has been a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids for just over 3 years, where he has worked with us to bring the message of Fighting Crime by Investing in Kids to both state and federal legislators.