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Jeff Hardy, Sheriff Jeff Hardy
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Jeff Hardy has over 25 years law enforcement experience, with more than twenty years with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.  Hardy was first hired with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in 1991 as a patrol deputy, having moved from Broward County where he had been a deputy for four years. Over the years, Hardy was promoted several times, first to detective in 1994, and later transferred to the drug unit.  In 1995 Hardy was promoted to sergeant and placed in charge of the school resource unit.  In 1997 Hardy was promoted to Lieutenant. Hardy left the Sheriff's Office in 2005 and was employed by the Putnam County School District, again overseeing the safety of its students and staff. Hardy established the Putnam County School District Police Department, evaluating school district security protocols and drafted recommendations to improve the standards of the school safety program. In 2008 Hardy was elected Sheriff of Putnam County and took office on January 6, 2009 and then re-elected in 2012.
• 1984- Honorably Discharged, United States Navy 
• 1987- Broward County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division 
• 1987- Deerfield Beach Police Department/Broward County Sheriff's Office - Patrol      Officer/Deputy 
• 1991- Putnam County Sheriff's Office - Patrol Deputy 
• 1993- Promoted to Detective Division (PCSO) 
• 1994- Transferred to Drug Unit (PCSO) 
• 1995- Promoted to Sergeant (PCSO) - Supervisor School Resource Unit 
• 1997- Promoted to Lieutenant (PCSO) 
• 1997- 2005 School Resource Supervisor 
• 2005 - 2008, Director, Putnam County School District Police 
• 2008- Elected Sheriff of Putnam County 
• 2012- Re-elected Sheriff of Putnam County

• A.S. Degree, Vincennes University, Cum Laude 
• Graduate - FDLE Chief Executive Seminar 
• Created Putnam County School District Police Department 
• Former SWAT TEAM Member - Putnam County Sheriff's Office 
• 1992 Patrol Deputy of the Year - Putnam County Sheriff's Office 
• Certified Police Motorcycle Instructor 
• Instructor - First Presidential Motorcycle Motorcade Support Unit for United States Secret Service 
• Previously assigned to the Blue Lightning Strike Force - U.S. Department of Treasury 
• Graduate FBI Executive Development Seminar 
• Graduate Chief Executive Seminar, 42nd Session 
• Appointed to the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board
• Licensed Airplane/Helicopter Pilot 
• Crew Member U.S.N. Aircraft Carrier Kitty Hawk - Aviation Structural Mechanic 
• Instructor - Domestic Terrorism for School Districts 
• Meritorious Service Award -Broward County Sheriff's Office 
• Life Saving Award - Broward County Sheriff's Office 
• Deputy of the Year Award - Putnam County Sheriff's Office 
• Married to his wife, Susan, for 25 years 

• Florida Sheriff's Association 
• National Sheriff's Association 
• Florida Police Chiefs Association 
• Boy Scouts of America - District Chairman 
• Member Lake Masonic Lodge # 72 
• Palatka Kiwanis 
• Member Airborne Law Enforcement Association 
• Florida Gang Investigators Association 
• Putnam Behavioral Board of Directors 
• Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors 
• Member American Legion Post # 293 
• Member of Francis Baptist Church 
• Board of Directors-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce 
• Loyal Order of the Moose 
• Men's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Board of Directors- Ten-24 Foundation