On December 24, 2014, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer. Governor Rick Scott appointed Leon County Sheriff’s Office Major Robert D. Swearingen as Interim Leon County Sheriff.
Sheriff Swearingen has served in law enforcement for over 30 years. He began his law enforcement career in September of 1983 as a Reserve Deputy with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and became a full time deputy sheriff with Taylor County S.O. in March of 1984. In September 1986, Sheriff Swearingen joined the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff in the Uniform Patrol Bureau.
During his tenure with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Swearingen also served as a School Resource Deputy, Vice and Narcotics detective, Vice and Narcotics Sergeant, Vice and Narcotics Lieutenant, Uniform Patrol Watch Commander, Criminal Investigations Bureau Captain, Uniform Patrol Bureau Captain, Homeland Security Bureau Captain, and was serving as the Special Services Division Major at the time of his appointment to Interim Sheriff.