Meet Sheriff Campbell

Sheriff Larry Campbell in uniform.Sheriff Larry Campbell has dedicated the better part of his life to improving the quality of life and insuring the public safety of Floridians. It would be impossible to describe all his accomplishments in this forum. He has accomplished a great number of proactive community service projects in just the past two years. Since he was sworn in as Sheriff in 1996, he has focused a great deal of his attention and energy on crime prevention and community oriented programs designed to benefit all areas of Tallahassee and Leon County.

Since taking office Sheriff Campbell has encouraged LCSO members to adopt a team approach to community involvement. His goals are: for deputies to participate in multiple community projects, events and functions of their choice; to show that law enforcement is contributing to Leon County's quality of life as well as it's public safety; and to have deputies visible during community events.

Youth programs are a high priority with Sheriff Campbell. He participates in or supports a multitude of crime prevention programs aimed at our younger residents, from sponsoring local youth athletic leagues, to the various programs offered by the School Resource Officer and Crime Prevention Units. He encourages deputies in these units to sponsor or instruct such programs as Youth Crime Watch, the Explorer Scout program, the Sheriff's Adventure Camp, G.R.E.A.T., D.A.R.E., the Child Lures program, the McGruff puppet program, the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches and many more programs.


Sheriff Campbell leads by example. He is on the go from early morning until late at night, often seven days a week. His enthusiasm and interest in our community is demonstrated daily and continues to inspire fellow members of the Sheriff's Office to follow his course.

United Way Campaign - One recent example was the 2003 United Way Campaign in which the employees raised over $50,000. Sheriff Campbell was the co-chair for the local United Way. This is a direct reflection of Sheriff Campbell's commitment to community involvement through the Leon County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Campbell was the 2002 United Way Campaign Chair-person, which comes after being a United Way Cabinet member since 1997.

Cops & Lobsters - Sheriff Campbell and members of the Leon County Sheriff s Office are committed to community service. During our annual "Cops & Lobsters" event at Red Lobster, Sheriff Campbell stands for hours at the front door as a celebrity greeter. Inside, 10-15 deputies volunteer as celebrity waiters to collect tips and raise money to benefit the mentally retarded athletes of Special Olympics Florida. During our 2003 campaign, this one night event raised over $4,000.00.

Special Olympics / Law Enforcement Torch Run - For almost twenty years, the Leon County Sheriff's Office has been an active participant in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Florida. LCSO, under Sheriff Campbell has become the host agency for the capital city run which stages an emotional ceremony at the state Capitol during the torch run. State and local leaders attend along with hundreds of Special Olympic athletes and citizen's as area law enforcement officers bring in the "Flame of Hope".

All the money collected from the Torch Run and the Red Lobster event goes to benefit the thousands of athletes of Special Olympics Florida including hundreds here in the Leon County / Big Bend area.

Cops For Kids - It didn't take much encouragement for the LCSO employees to get involved. Cops for Kids is an example of the team work the Sheriff s Office displays. This year, over 100 bicycles were donated to Cops for Kids by Sheriffs Office employees during the annual Marie Livingston's Steak House Cops for Kids event. During the two-night event, celebrity law enforcement waiters raised over $6,000.00. Local law enforcement also sponsored a golf tournament to raise more money for this cause. The Cops for Kids program for Christmas 2003 provided bicycles to over 750 underprivileged children in the Big Bend area.

American Heart Association - Another example of getting involved, Sheriff Campbell was the Chairman of the American Heart Association 2001 Campaign where a goal of $100,000 was set. With help from his employees and the community the annual Heart Walk was a tremendous success and more than $180,000 was raised. This money will be used to support research for heart disease and stroke.


Born: Jacksonville, FL, October 22, 1942.


  • Public Schools, Leon County
  • Florida State University, B.S. Degree in Criminology and Psychology
  • FBI National Academy Graduate, 1972
  • National Sheriff's Institute, 1998
  • FBI/Florida Executive Development Seminar, 1999

Religion: Episcopal


  • Leon County Sheriff's Office, 1961-1966
  • Special Agent, Florida Sheriff's, Bureau 1967-1968
  • Chief of Detectives, Leon County Sheriff's Office, 1968-1970
  • Special Agent, Florida Bureau of Law Enforcement, 1970-1971
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 1971-1980
  • Undersheriff, Leon County Sheriff's Office 1981-1996
  • Elected Sheriff in 1996 - re-elected without opposition, 2000 and 2004, re-elected with opposition 2008

Military: United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Affiliations and Honors:

  • National Sheriff’s Association (1996-present)
  • FBI National Academy Graduate (J. Edgar Hoover Scholastic Award)
  • FBI National Academy Association (1973-present)
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (1991-present)
  • Jackson Masonic Lodge
  • Morocco Shrine Temple (Wrecking Crew Chairman)
  • Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (32nd degree Master Mason)
  • National Tactical Officers Association (1995-present)
  • Florida SWAT Association (1995-present)
  • Florida Intelligence Unit (1976-present)
  • American Legion; Sauls-Bridges Post 13 (1992-present)
  • Legion of Honor; Order of Demolay (1988-present)
  • Marine Corps League
  • Air Force Association Honorable Kentucky Colonel; League of Women Voters
  • American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, past Chairman
  • American Lung Association, past Chairman
  • American Heart Association, past Chairman
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association; President 2006-2007, past Chairman of Board
  • Tiger Bay
  • Tallahassee Urban League
  • Exchange Club
  • North East Business Association
  • Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver Award and Distinguished Leadership Award)
  • Regional Domestic Security Task Force, region #2 Co-chairman (1991-present)
  • Florida State University Alumni Association (lifetime member)
  • Endowed member of the National Rifle Association
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve; Platoon Sergeant
  • Democratic Party (1963-present)
  • United Way; past Vice-Chairman and Chairman
  • Refuge House Board of Directors
  • Mother’s in Crisis Board of Directors
  • Leadership Tallahassee 17
  • Steele Brooks Center Award of Honor
  • Florida Crime Prevention Association President’s Award
  • Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission
  • Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
  • Juvenile Assessment Center Steering Committee
  • Leon County Domestic Violence Council
  • Tallahassee Race Relations Committee
  • Tallahassee 25, Lending Kids a Hand
  • Coordinating Council, Leon County Public Safety
  • Capital City Youth Services Capital Campaign
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council
  • Leon High School Alumni Association
  • Leon High School Football Hall of Fame
  • Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Distinguished Service Award, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • Marzuq Shrine Temple
  • Tallahassee Shrine Club, past President
  • Moose Lodge
  • Refuge House Capital Campaign
  • Larry Campbell/Refuge House Annual Golf Tournament (eleven years)
  • United Way, cabinet member (1997-2003, Chairman, 2003)
  • Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, lifetime member
  • Salvation Army, Board Member
  • North Florida Fair Association Board of Directors
  • Florida Public Safety Institute Executive Board
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