Voters to decide duel for Walton County Sheriff job


Sheriff Michael Adkinson will be challenged Nov. 6 by Sheriff-hopeful Danny Griffith.

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM.

The highest position in county law enforcement is up for a vote this November. Democratic candidate Danny Griffith has stepped up to oppose current Sheriff Michael Adkinson for the post.

The Sun asked the candidates about their personal histories, law enforcement backgrounds, and what each would identify — and solve — as the biggest problems in the county.

Give a little background about yourself, especially as it pertains to Walton County.

Michael Adkinson: I am a Walton county native and currently reside in DeFuniak Springs with my wife of 18 years and two daughters Annabelle, 11, and Ava, 7. My wife Erin owns and operates her own business, Owner’s Rep, based in South Walton. We are Baptist by faith and attend church in DeFuniak Springs.

Danny Griffith: I was born and raised in Walton County to father Howard Griffith and mother Peggy Griffith. I attended and completed school in Walton County, graduating from Walton High School. I married my wife, Gerry, in 1974, and we have two children and seven grandchildren.

What is your background in law enforcement?

Adkinson: I am about to start my 19th year in law enforcement, and during that time I have witnessed many changes in law enforcement philosophies and practices. Having worked in the state, municipal and county law enforcement arena, I have developed a sense of what works and what is needed for continued professional growth. I have served at different levels of law enforcement command structures from line supervisor to chief of police prior to becoming sheriff in 2009. I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University (1992) and will complete a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Leo in May 2013. I have completed numerous advanced command level schools and have made continued education a priority for my staff.

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