Two WCSO employees honored as 'young leaders' by United Way Emerald Coast

Sierra Rains
Northwest Florida Daily News

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Two Walton County Sheriff’s Office employees have been selected for the inaugural United Way Emerald Coast Emerging Leaders 40 Under 40 class of 2021.

WCSO Lt. Khaliqa Wheatley and Walton County Fire Rescue Chief Jeremy Radney were selected for the recognition Sept. 9, according to a WCSO news release.

Walton County Fire Rescue Chief Jeremy Radney and Walton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Khaliqa Wheatley celebrate their selection for the inaugural United Way Emerald Coast Emerging Leaders 40 under 40 class of 2021.

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The inaugural 40 Under 40 awards highlight Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders who excel in the areas of leadership, community involvement and professional accomplishment.

An anonymous review committee of the United Way Emerald Coast selected recipients out of more than 100 nominations.

“These two are a shining example of excelling leaders in the public safety arena,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We couldn’t be prouder of them receiving this honor while selflessly serving their community.”

Awardees were celebrated at a reception Sept. 24.