Bob Gualtieri is the 14th sheriff of Pinellas County in its 104 year history. Sheriff Gualtieri began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office approximately 35 years ago. He was appointed as sheriff in 2011 and elected and re-elected in 2012 and 2016, respectively. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office is the 15th largest sheriff’s office in the country with approximately 3,000 employees and an annual budget of $300 million.

Sheriff Gualtieri began his law enforcement and public service career as a detention deputy working in the Pinellas County jail. After attending the police academy, he joined the Dunedin Police Department as a patrol officer and later rejoined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a law enforcement deputy. Over the next 15 years, Sheriff Gualtieri served in many different components of the agency, including several years conducting domestic and international drug trafficking investigations as part of a DEA task force.

Sheriff Gualtieri earned his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. After graduating from Stetson and being admitted to the Florida Bar, Sheriff Gualtieri entered private practice in Tampa, specializing in labor and employment defense.

Sheriff Gualtieri returned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as its general counsel and was appointed chief deputy (second in command) in 2008. Sheriff Gualtieri served in the dual role of general counsel and chief deputy until he became sheriff in 2011.

Sheriff Gualtieri is admitted to practice law in all Florida courts, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Courts in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Sheriff Gualtieri is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the bar associations of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Hillsborough County.

Sheriff Gualtieri is active in many community organizations and serves on the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, and the boards of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League. Sheriff Gualtieri has also received many awards and recognition for his effort to improve public safety, including being named 2014 Sheriff of the Year by Crisis Intervention Team International for his work on mental health issues.

Sheriff Gualtieri serves on the board of directors for the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and the Major County Sheriff’s Association (MCSA). He is the chair of the FSA Legislative Committee and MCSA Legal Affairs Committee. He is also an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation, member of the National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum. 


Phone Number:727-582-6201
E-mail:   rgualtieri@pcsonet.com 

 

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