William Okla Farmer, Jr. was born in 1947. The youngest of four children to Oak and Ruby Farmer, "Bill" as he is commonly referred to by friends and associates, is a life-long resident of Sumter County.
After graduating from South Sumter High School in 1965, he successfully completed fingerprint identification training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and worked in the crime scene investigations unit of the Duval County Sheriff's Office. In 1966, Sheriff Farmer enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 3rd Army Infantry, and attained the rank of E-5 before being discharged in 1968. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1972.
After returning home from the U.S. Army, Sheriff Farmer began his more than forty years of service to the citizens of Sumter County, becoming a Deputy Sheriff in 1971. Since 1971, Sheriff Farmer's career has spanned more than four decades with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, and in 1996, was elected Sheriff. Since taking office in January 1997, Sheriff Farmer has led one of the most proactive and progressive law enforcement agencies in the Central Florida region, and has since been re-elected to the office of Sheriff in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In the last four elections, Sheriff Farmer ran unopposed; a first for a sitting Sumter County Sheriff.
Sheriff Farmer attended Saint Leo University where he earned his AA degree in Criminal Justice; BA degree, Cum Laude, Criminology. He completed the Executive Development Program with the National Sheriff's Institute, is a Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute graduate and also graduated from the FBI National Academy.
Sheriff Farmer served as the Vice President of the Florida Sheriff's Association 2008-2009, served two terms as President 2009-2010 and on the board of directors for the Florida Sheriff's Association from 2003-2011 and Chairman of the Board 2005-2006
Additionally, Sheriff Farmer has served as Chairman on the Board for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches 2012-2013, Member of the Board 2009-2010 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.
Sheriff Farmer is as much a family man as he is lawman. Sheriff Farmer is married to the former Linda Louise Jay, and together, they have celebrated more than 43 years of marriage. Mrs. Farmer is a retired teacher, having retired from Sumter District Schools after more than 38 years of service. The Farmers have three children: Billy, a Southeast Regional Manager for an agricultural firm; Stephen, a Lieutenant with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and Kristen, who serves with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Chief Brannen has served as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida since 1978. Chief Brannen has served with the Florida Department of Corrections, Wildwood Police Department, Eustis Police Department, Umatilla Police Department, Tavares Police Department and the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since 1990.
Undersheriff Brannen was appointed Chief Deputy in January 2016 after serving as major of the Law Enforcement Operations Bureau of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, and then to Undersheriff in January 2019. As a Lieutenant, Undersheriff Brannen initiated the Forensic Services now offered by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office beginning in 1998. Undersheriff Brannen has an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lake-Sumter Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University. He is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Undersheriff Brannen is a former Adjunct Instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College in the Criminal Justice Program. He has made presentations at both Florida and International Forensic Conferences, and has been a member of both the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification and the International Association for Identification since 1999.
In 2000 and again in 2003 and 2008, Undersheriff Brannen was certified as a Crime Scene Investigator by the International Association for Identification. He also was appointed Region 3 Director of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification in 2003 and elected to Region 3 Director in 2004. Undersheriff Brannen was elected Third Vice President of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification in 2005 and advanced by election to Second Vice President in 2006 then First Vice-President in 2007 and President in 2008. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the FDIAI.
Chief Haworth joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 2008. He rose through the ranks, serving on the FTO Squad, the S.W.A.T. Team, Corporal on the Special Investigative Squad, Sergeant of the FTO Squad, Sergeant of the Tactical Patrol Unit, Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, in January 2016 was promoted to Captain of the Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigations Bureaus. On August 29, 2017 he was promoted to Major over the Law Enforcement Bureau. In January 2019, he was promoted to Chief Deputy.
Prior to joining the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Chief Haworth began his law enforcement career at Stetson University. After completing the Law Enforcement Academy, he joined the Deland Police Department in 1991, then moved on to the Marion County Sheriff's Office in 1994. He served on the S.W.A.T. Team, FTO Shift and the Homicide Unit within the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Outside of his law enforcement career, Chief Haworth has owned and operated two document storage companies and a donut shop. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Stetson University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Central Florida.
Major Reace Thompson has over thirty years of Law Enforcement experience and is currently assigned as the Jail and Court Services Administrator. He began his Law Enforcement career in 1986 as a Correctional Officer, serving first with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He then relocated to Sumter County in 1987, and started his career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
During his career with the Sheriff's Office Major Thompson has held many positions within the agency to include that of Road Patrol Deputy, Internal Affairs Inspector, Crime Scene Specialist, Property Crimes Detective and Major Crimes Detective.
Major Thompson has served as a Florida Accreditation Commission Assessor, a Prison Rape Elimination Act Assessor. He has also attended the Saint Leo University Command Officers Academy and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice form Saint Leo University.
Captain Breeden is a lifelong resident of Sumter County and has 26 years of Law Enforcement and Corrections experience combined. He began his career in 1990 and has spent his entire career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
During his career at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Captain Breeden has held many positions including Corrections Deputy, Corrections Sergeant, Patrol Deputy, K-9 Handler, Criminal investigations Detective, Special Investigations Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Special Operations Lieutenant and S.W.A.T Commander.
In 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and placed over Administrative Operations to include Human Resources, Finance, Community Outreach, IT department, Fleet Maintenance, Criminal Records Division, 911 Coordinator, School Resource Deputies and Public Information/Media Relations. August 29, 2017 Captain Breeden was moved to the Captain of Law Enforcement and the Criminal Investigations Division
He is a graduate of South Sumter High School and holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Police technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He also is a graduate of the Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program and the Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy. He also served on the Sumter County Sheriff's Office SWAT team for sixteen years and has extensive tactical and leadership training in this area.
Captain Edward "Zeke" Shaw is a lifelong resident of Sumter County and has over 22 years of Law Enforcement and Corrections experience. He began his career in May of 1994 and has spent his entire career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
During his career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Captain Shaw has held a plethora of positions including Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer Crime Scene Specialist, Criminal Investigations Detective, Special Investigations Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Court Services Lieutenant and SWAT Commander.
In 2016 he was promoted to Corrections Operations Captain. His job duties are to supervise all Detention Center Staff both Sworn and Civilian, supervise the classification unit, develop shift schedules, supervise the Sheriff's K-9 unit, oversee the jail vehicle fleet and be responsible for all of the detention center's safety and security equipment.
Captain Shaw is a graduate of South Sumter High School and holds an Associate Degree and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate of the Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program.
Captain Tony Prevatt is a lifetime resident of Sumter County and has over 27 years of Law Enforcement and Corrections experience. He began his career in 1990 and has spent his entire profession with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
He graduated in 1990 from South Sumter High School and earned an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Lake Sumter Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College. He also attended the Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program
Captain Prevatt has held various positions throughout his career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, including Corrections Deputy, Corrections Corporal, Corrections Sargent, Patrol Deputy, Environmental Deputy, Criminal Investigations Detective, Special Investigations Detective, Field Training Officer, Marine Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Hostage Negotiation Team Member, Field Training Lieutenant and Watch Commander Lieutenant.
September 19, 2017 Tony was promoted to the rank of Captain and positioned over Administrative Operations to include Human Resources, Finance, Community Outreach, IT Department, Fleet Maintenance, Criminal Records Division, School Resource Deputies, Communications and Public Information/Media Relations.
Captain Angelique Page Lochrie is the current commander of court services. She began her 23 years of experience in 1992, first working for CCA Hernando County Jail for a year before moving to Sumter County Detention Center in 1993.
Captain Lochrie became dual certified in 1998 for both law enforcement and corrections and has worked all different aspects of the Detention Center to include: intake and release, transportation division, classification division, and shift supervisor as both a corporal and a sergeant. She was promoted in May 2011 to Operations Lieutenant over security and staff of over 106 employees, and was promoted to Captain January 1, 2016.
She is a Certified Jail Manager and is currently serving a second term as a board member of the American Jail Association (AJA), a national organization that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities. Major Lochrie is a graduate from the National Jail Leadership Command Academy Class #2 and a graduate from Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program in 2015. She holds memberships in both the Public Safety Coordination Council of Sumter County and the local Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) steering committee. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University in 2007, and completed her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree in August, 2016.
Captain Lochrie (Albritton) recently wed Stephen Lochrie, Jr. on Leap Day, February 29, 2016, and resides in the North end of Sumter County.
Captain Jason Reid joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 2002. Before that he started his career working at the Hernando County Jail in 1998. During this time he has been a Corrections Field Training Officer, Corporal, Shift Sergeant, Training Sergeant, K9 Bloodhound handler, and CERT Team Commander. He has also served on the Corrections State Review Board for FDLE.
In May of 2018, he was promoted to Operations Captain for the Detention Center. His job duties are to supervise all Detention Center Staff both Sworn and Civilian, supervise the classification unit, develop shift schedules, supervise the Sheriff's K-9 unit, oversee the jail vehicle fleet and be responsible for all of the detention center's safety and security equipment.
He graduated from Keswick Christian High School in 1993. He holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is also a graduate of Saint Leo University Command Officer Management Program.