A native of Bradford County, George Paul “Gordon” Smith, graduated from Bradford County High School in 1985 and began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Florida Department of Corrections. He then joined the Starke Police Department in 1987, moving to the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. 1999 brought a change for Gordon when he was selected as the Assistant Police Chief for the Starke Police Department and in 2001; he was elected to the position of Chief of Police for the City of Starke. In November 2008, after successful service as a Police Chief, he was elected as the Sheriff of Bradford County. Sheriff Smith completed his A.S. degree in 1999 from Vincennes University and is a Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 240th Session.
He is a State of Florida certified instructor in Firearms, Chemical Weapons, Officer Survival, D.A.R.E. and PPCT Impact Weapons. Sheriff Smith has completed numerous hours of executive training in leadership and management, such as Florida Sheriffs Executive Training (2008), National Sheriffs Institute of Executive Management and Training (97th Session), Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Advanced Chiefs Training (2005), Florida Police Chiefs Executive Development (2002), Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar (class 26), Federal Executive Development Training (1999) and many others. Further, he has advanced training and attained certificates in the areas of Homicide Investigations, Criminal Interviews and Interrogations, Hostage Negotiations, Sex Crimes Investigations and National Incident Management Systems, to name a few. Sheriff Smith and his wife, Stefanie live in Starke, Florida and are the delighted parents of daughter Hailey and son Hayden.
Major Brad Smith is the Undersheriff for the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office and oversees law enforcement operations and Media Relations. Major Smith attended high school in Miami, graduated with his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University and received his Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. In 2001 during his master’s studies, Captain Smith was selected to participate in a criminal justice study abroad program in Russia. Additional studies sent him to the FBI National Academy session 251 and Southern Police Institute. His law enforcement career started in 1990 at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office where he served for over 16 years. While there he experienced a variety of assignments such as; Patrol, Bicycle Patrol, Canine, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, District Commander, Warrants Unit Commander, and Public Information Officer. He moved to the Starke Police Department in 2007 where he was assigned as the Public Relations officer prior to joining the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office in January 2009. In December of 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Major and given the title of Undersheriff. Major Smith is a dynamic and proven leader with over 25 years of public service. He is a change agent with a strong record of collaboration, consensus building and creating organizational success.
Major Denny Thompson, also a native of Bradford County, graduated from Bradford High School in 1988 and began his law enforcement career with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. While at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office he worked as a Deputy Sheriff in the Patrol Division and as Administrative Sergeant in the Corrections Division where he supervised the Booking, Classification, Judicial Security, Training, Transport and Warrants Units. Additionally he is qualified in the 4th and 8th Judicial Circuits as an Expert Witness in Latent Finger Prints, testifying on behalf of the state in criminal cases. He currently supervises the Jail Administration Division of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office. The Finance Division is tasked with budgeting and analysis, payroll, accounts payable, forfeitures, grant application and reporting, cash management, purchasing, supply and inventory. The Human Resources Division is responsible for each members hiring, training, employee benefits and equipment needs.
Major Thompson is committed to ensuring the citizens of Bradford County receive the highest level of law enforcement available.
Captain Dawn McKinley became the Jail Administrator for the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. As the Chief Administrator of the Jail, she is responsible for all aspects of jail operations, including but not limited to security, classification, and healthcare of inmates. Her areas of responsibility also include oversight of Judicial Services, Animal Control, and the Sex Offender Unit. Captain Dawn McKinley began her law enforcement career in 1988 during the administration of Sheriff Dolph Reddish. She has performed in numerous capacities and held various ranks leading to her current position as the Jail Administrative Captain. As Administrative Captain she oversees Court Services, Sex Predator/Offender Unit, Records, Work Crew, and other administrative duties. She has over a thousand hours of Criminal Justice Training. Captain McKinley is a Certified Jail Inspector and a member of the Jacksonville Region CART Team (Child Abduction Response Team). Captain McKinley moved to Bradford County in the early 80’s and is proud to call Bradford County “home.”
Captain George L. Konkel Jr. is the Chief of Operations. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1989 and obtained an Associate Degree from Vincennes University. Captain Konkel has been employed with Bradford County Sheriff’s Office since 1994 and is dual certified in Corrections and Law Enforcement. Before becoming a Deputy with Bradford County Sheriff’s Office he was a member of the first Law Enforcement Explorer Post in Bradford County. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy and worked his way up through the ranks to his current position. He has received numerous certifications, commendations, and advanced training courses to include: Line Supervision; Field Training Officer; Injury and Death Investigations; Narcotics Investigations; Community Relations; Sex Crimes Investigations; Criminal Interview/Interrogations; and Advanced DUI related courses, to name a few. Captain Konkel is also a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Driving Instructor. He is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute (R.E.M.I.) and was a recipient of the American Police Hall of Frame’s “Life Saving Award”. He has also successfully completed the FBI National Academy’s “F.E.D.S.” Program. Captain Konkel has written and managed numerous grants for the Sheriff’s Office, providing additional funding for various programs. Captain Konkel lives in Starke with his wife and son.
Lieutenant Raymond Shuford is the Technical Operations Division Commander of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office and oversees the Communications Division, Information Technology Division, 911 Administration, 911 Mapping and Addressing, and Code Enforcement. Lieutenant Shuford is a 1985 graduate of Bradford High School. He began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Starke Police Department. Over the next several years, Lieutenant Shuford worked for Putnam, Union, and Bradford County Sheriff Offices in a variety of positions to include; patrol, investigations, narcotics, school resource, communications supervisor, patrol sergeant, emergency management director, and information technology director. Lieutenant Shuford has attained several hundred hours of specialized training over the years, to include, injury and death investigations, sex crimes, interviews and interrogations, computer crimes, computer forensics, instructor techniques, field training officer, communications training officer, line supervision, middle management, and many others. In his spare time, Lieutenant Shuford enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is also a local business owner.
Lieutenant Richard Walmsley began his Law Enforcement career in 1975, working for the Florida Department of Corrections, where he performed in numerous capacities, and progressed to the rank of Major, before retiring in 2005. Lieutenant Walmsley achieved over 50 hours of study in the Criminal Justice Field from both Lake City Community College, and Indian River Community College, he also obtained over 1,000 hours of training in various subjects, to include Field Training Officer, Basic Supervisory Training, FBI Hostage Negotiations Training, and Environmental Health Inspector. Lieutenant Walmsley is also retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served honorably for over twenty two years. Lieutenant Walmsley joined the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office in 2009, working as a Correctional Deputy in the jail, where he was assigned to various positions, until his promotion as jail Operations Lieutenant in 2013, where he is now in charge of the general operations of the jail, to include all shifts, food service, maintenance of the facility, and the medical department. Lieutenant Walmsley is honored to have the opportunity to work with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, and to serve the great people of Bradford County. Lieutenant Walmsley and his wife recently purchased a home in Starke. When not working, Lieutenant Walmsley enjoys spending time with his family.
Lieutenant Kevin Mueller is the Patrol Supervisor and S.W.A.T. Commander. Lieutenant Kevin Mueller has served in Bradford County as a law enforcement officer since 1997. Lt. Mueller served four years in the patrol division with the Starke Police Department prior to promoting to the Detective Bureau in 2001. During his time in the Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.), he has served as a Detective and a Detective Sergeant prior to being promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. He has obtained an Associate in Science Degree from Vincennes University. Lieutenant Mueller has also graduated the F.B.I. Executive Leadership Development Course and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. Lieutenant Mueller has received certified specialized training concerning Homicide Investigations, Crimes against Children, Interviews and Interrogation, Computerized Voice Stress Examination (C.V.S.A.) Truth Verification, Officer Involved Shootings, Internal Affairs, Tactical Responses to Crisis, and many other educational courses. Lieutenant Mueller is a Criminal Justice Standards and Training certified Law Enforcement Instructor. Lieutenant Mueller was awarded the 2001 Officer of The Year Award, the 2010 Detective of The Year Award and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. Lieutenant Mueller received the Distinguished Service Award in reference to the successful investigation of a Bradford County “Cold Case Homicide”, in which he was assigned several years after the offense. The suspect was ultimately arrested and successfully prosecuted by the Bradford County Courts. Lieutenant Mueller considers it a tremendous honor to be part of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office and is proud to serve this community.
Lieutenant Josh Luke is the Criminal Investigations and Drug Task Force Commander for the Sheriff’s Office. He grew up in Bradford County and graduated from Bradford High School in 2002. Upon graduation, Lieutenant Luke attended St. Johns Community College where he earned his Criminal Justice Standards in 2005 as a certified Law Enforcement Officer. He began his career in law enforcement in July of 2005 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office in the patrol division. In 2009, he became a State Law Enforcement Officer with the Florida Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Compliance Office, now known as the Florida Highway Patrol. In 2012, he returned to his roots with the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Shortly after, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division where he worked for approximately two years. He then transferred into the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force in 2014 as a Narcotics Detective, where he worked until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant over the Criminal Investigations Division. Since being promoted to Lieutenant, Josh is now in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division, the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, Internal Affairs and Background Investigations. Lieutenant Luke has received numerous hours of specialized training including Interviews and Interrogations, Sex Crimes, Death Investigations, Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer Examination (C.V.S.A), Basic Clandestine Lab and Site Safety Certification course, Highway Interdiction, Basic SWAT School with the Florida SWAT Association, the Drug Unit Commander Course and several others. Lieutenant Luke was awarded the Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 2006 and Detective of the year in 2013. Lieutenant Luke enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.
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