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Sheriff Eric Aden

Sheriff Eric Aden

Education: Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, FL 1990; Bachelor of Science Criminology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1994; Law Enforcement Academy, Northwest Florida State College, 1994; Florida Senior Leadership Program Class #15, CJEI, Tallahassee, FL 2012; FDLE Executive Leadership Seminar Class #4, Tallahassee, FL, 2016 to Present; Candidate University, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa County, FL; Completed FBI National Academy Session 276 Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education through the University of Virginia, 2019

Career: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Deputy, 1995-1997; School Resource Officer, 1997-1998; Part-Time Deputy Status 1998-2003; Mortgage Banking and Finance 1998-2008; Sergeant then Lieutenant, Walton County Sheriff’s Office,  2008-2010; Lieutenant, Judicial Services, 2010-2014; Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations Division, 2014-2016; Lieutenant, Watch Commander, 2016-2017; Captain, Operations Bureau, 2017-2018: Operations Bureau Chief, 2020: Currently assigned as Sheriff.

Achievements: Loaned Executive of the Year, United Way, 2014; Honorary Commander, Hurlburt Field, 2015;  FBI National Academy Graduate, Spring 2019.

Affiliations:  Member and Councilman, Shalimar United Methodist Church; Member SUMC Security Ministry Team; Loaned Executive/Volunteer, United Way; Past Board Member, Kiwanis Club; Past President and Secretary, Current Member, Okaloosa Republican Club; Member and Precinct Captain, Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee; Associate Member, Republican Women of Okaloosa Federated; Board Member, Northwest Florida State College Foundation (NWFLSC); President, Portofino Townhome HOA; Board Member, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC); Board Member, Horizons Foundation/ARC of the Emerald Coast; Member, All Sports Association; Selected and Attended the USAF Air War College’s 64th National Security Forum in 2017; Member, NWFLSC Finance Committee; Member, ECCAC Faith Based Committee; Member, ECCAC Finance Committee; Member, FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA); Past Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP): Past Member, Board of Trustees Bridgeway Center; Past Treasurer, Bridgeway Center