Walt McNeil

Sheriff, Leon County (FL) Sheriff's Office

Walter A. McNeil was elected Sheriff of Leon County in November 2016. In his distinguished 40-year career as a public servant, Walter McNeil has led the fight against crime in Tallahassee and across America.

In 1998, working with Disc Village Chief, McNeil and the Tallahassee Police Department implemented the first Juvenile Civil Citation Program in the nation; directed at redirecting first time youthful offenders away from the criminal justice system. From 2007-2008, McNeil, led the Department of Juvenile Justice under former Gov. Charlie Crist. During his brief tenure, McNeil redirected the mission of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, through creation of the BluePrint Commission for Juvenile Justice Reform; that serves to this day as the guiding document for juvenile justice change.

From 2008-2011, McNeil was appointed to lead the Florida Department of Corrections. Later, as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) McNeil traveled to foreign countries to discuss methods to combat terrorism, human trafficking, cyber-crimes and other 21st century concerns that may impact global security and policing issues.

By Walt McNeil