Walt McNeil, Leon County Sheriff

Walt McNeil, Leon County Sheriff This page is run by volunteers who have approval to post from Sheriff Walt McNeil. Email the Sheriff at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Send any campaign message via the Facebook message system.

Leon County Sheriff Walter A. McNeil is a seasoned law enforcement leader with more than thirty-five years of law enforcement experience. In the past, then Sheriff McNeil serves as a Consultant for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) and the United States Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council for employee morale and the United States Customs and Border Protection Integrity panel. In September of 2014 Sheriff McNeil decided to resign from his position as Police Chief for the city of Quincy, Florida where he had served since February 2011. Just prior to his appointment as the Quincy Police Chief, Sheriff McNeil served four (4) years in Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s administration. He was initially selected by Governor Crist to lead the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and while serving in this capacity, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. While at the Department of Juvenile Justice, his priority was to ensure the efficient operation of the state juvenile justice system through the provision of an appropriate mix of programs and services for juvenile offenders. Although Sheriff McNeil served as Secretary of this agency for only 12 months, he was able to develop and implement a Juvenile Justice Reform Strategic Plan that continues to serve as the enabling document for ongoing improvements to the State of Florida Juvenile Justice System. In his role as Secretary of the Department of Corrections, he was responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing the nation’s third-largest prison system with a total annual budget of $2.3 billion and a workforce of over 20,000 employees. While working in this position, he emphasized his commitment to public safety through a comprehensive approach to addressing inmate recidivism. During his three-year tenure of leadership at the Florida Department of Corrections, Sheriff McNeil implemented Florida’s first prison reentry facilities and programs resulting in a 4.9% reduction in Florida’s inmate recidivism rates for 2008 and 2010. Prior to being selected to lead the above-named agencies, McNeil was Tallahassee Police Chief for almost ten (10) years. As Chief of Police, he directed 345 sworn police officers and approximately 130 full-time civilian employees and administered a total annual budget of $42 million to ensure the effective delivery of law enforcement services. A strong voice for progressive law enforcement, he led several community policing efforts in Tallahassee to control gangs, drugs, and juvenile crime. These efforts earned him numerous honors, including being named Public Sector Business Person of the Year; recipient of the Northern District U.S. Attorney’s Outstanding Service Award; the Tallahassee NAACP Humanitarian Award; the United States DEA Award for drug enforcement; the IACP Civil Rights Award; and the City of Tallahassee Humanitarian Award for his response to Hurricane Katrina as one of the incident Commanders. In October of 2011, Sheriff McNeil was elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, representing a membership of more than 20,000 law enforcement executives worldwide. Sheriff McNeil lends his expertise to a number of advisory task forces and commissions. Since 2011, he has served as a member of the United States Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council under the direction of the Honorable Janet Napolitano and, most recently, under the direction of the Honorable Jeh C. Johnson. Sheriff McNeil has served as a member of the Florida Parole Commission Qualifications Committee since 2012. In 2012, Sheriff McNeil was selected by his peers to serve on the law enforcement advisory group that met with Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss gun violence. He also serves as a member of the United States Department of Justice Law Enforcement Forecasting Group. As a leader in the law enforcement community, Sheriff McNeil has traveled extensively giving voice to issues of concern to law enforcement officers. In 2005, he traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland where he engaged Icelandic law enforcement command staff officers in an exchange of ideas concerning best practices in Community Oriented Policing. During the summer of 2006, Sheriff McNeil was selected by the Anti-Defamation League to serve as a member of a team of law enforcement leaders who spent a week in Israel receiving briefings on the tactics and strategies of the Israeli Military to prevent acts of terrorism. In 2012, as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Sheriff McNeil traveled to Lyon, France where he met with the Secretary General of Interpol and discussed the framework for a partnership between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Interpol to work cooperatively to prevent acts of terrorism, human trafficking, cybercrimes, and other global policing issues. Sheriff McNeil has Graduate School coursework from the University of Virginia and Nova Southeastern and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has served as a member of the State of Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, an active participant in the United Way of the Big Bend’s Community Reinvestment efforts, and a practicing member of the 100 Black Men of Tallahassee. He is a Life Member of the NAACP and currently serves on the NAACP’s National Criminal Justice Committee. His past community involvement includes serving as chair of the City of Quincy Florida’s 2013 Relay for Life Fundraising Campaign, serving as the 2010 Honorary Chair of the State of Florida Leukemia Lymphoma Cancer Society Fundraiser, Chair of the Leon County American Heart Association Heart Walk, Honorary Co-Chair of the Leon County March of Dimes Walk America Campaign, Board Member of Boys and Girls Town of Tallahassee, Board Member of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and Refuge House of Tallahassee Board Member. Member of the New Mount Zion AME Church. He is married to Gloria and is the father of two daughters and one son.

This page is run by volunteers who have approval to post from Sheriff Walt McNeil. If you have a question for Sheriff McNeil, please send an email to [email protected] as messages are NOT monitored here.

01/18/2020

Our deepest condolences go out to our neighbors, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Morris Young, as he and the whole office mourn the loss of one of their own, Captain William Moore.

Captain Moore succumbed to an extended illness today at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

My condolences to his wife, Kristie and Captain Moore’s whole family. You are in our prayers.

12/31/2019
TriEagle Sales

This evening is one for celebrating with with friends and family. If you’re going to consume alcohol, please make the right decision and do NOT drive!

Here is a free or low cost option to help make sure you get home safely and so will others.

Happy New Year and may we all have #2020Vision in 2020!

Tis’ the season for family, friends and festivities. If you enjoy a drink or two during the holiday season, don’t forget to hydrate between and plan ahead for a safe.

Enjoy your day and celebrate safely!
12/25/2019

Enjoy your day and celebrate safely!

May the candles burn bright!
12/22/2019

May the candles burn bright!

Enjoy your day of thanks and please stay safe!
11/28/2019

Enjoy your day of thanks and please stay safe!

Remembered but missed even more. RIP Sgt. Dale Green.
11/13/2019

Remembered but missed even more. RIP Sgt. Dale Green.

#Remembering Sergeant Daniel “Dale” Green. You answered a higher calling to serve the community. You knew the risks but chose a life of serving the community, helping others and standing as a wall of protection between good and evil.

Not everyone understands how much we see, how much we feel, how much time we spend away from our families at all hours of the night & day, protecting other families and how we know the risks. It is a calling.

You left your family that day, knowing you may not return home but would do everything you could to serve our community & make it home safe. That fateful day you answered a call for service where you would give the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget you. You are in our hearts, even those in our agency who never had the fortune of meeting you.

From the Officer Down Memorial Page:

Sergeant Daniel Green was shot and killed when he was ambushed while responding to a home-invasion robbery.

As he approached the scene, he observed a suspicious car and called in a description of it before being shot four times, once in the back of head.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested after a long chase and shootout.

On September 8, 2004, the suspect was convicted of Sergeant Green's murder. He was sentenced to life inprison on October 21, 2004.

Sergeant Green had served with the Tallahassee Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

BIO

Age 47
Tour 13 years
Badge 255

Happy Veteran’s Day! We are so proud of our many deputies who have served and continue to do so. We honor those who have...
11/11/2019

Happy Veteran’s Day! We are so proud of our many deputies who have served and continue to do so.

We honor those who have given everything for our lives and freedoms.

Thank you for your service.

We are ready for you!
11/06/2019

We are ready for you!

Come on out! People are already lined up for our quarterly Farmshare food distribution. It begins at 8am. We are at 2825 Municipal Way. The line forms down Appleyard Drive. #ALLinLEON #farmshare

10/31/2019
City of Tallahassee Fire Department

A great option for this rainy evening!

A reminder... all 16 TFD stations will have candy tonight for Trick or Treaters. If you are looking for a safe place to go.

I hope you all have a great and SAFE holiday! Please keep up to date on #HurricaneDorian. While we are probably safe fro...
09/02/2019

I hope you all have a great and SAFE holiday! Please keep up to date on #HurricaneDorian. While we are probably safe from it’s more danger impacts, every expert admits, hurricanes are unpredictable.

08/11/2019
Leon County Sheriff's Office

Back to school! Please be prepared and careful!

Leon County Schools will be back in session this coming Monday, August 12th. There is sometimes confusion when it comes to sharing the roadway with school buses. In this video, Sergeant Howard and Detective McMillan will be discussing the laws as it relates to traffic safety. #ALLinLEON #back2school #schoobussafety

Thank you to every man and woman who made today, Independence Day possible!Please celebrate safely! 1. Do NOT drink and ...
07/04/2019

Thank you to every man and woman who made today, Independence Day possible!

Please celebrate safely!
1. Do NOT drink and drive
2. Keep a water source close by for all of the many grills working overtime today
3. Keep a water source close by for all of sparklers and fire crackers
4. Keep your pets in-doors and on a leash if outside
5. Stay hydrated (it’s going to be a hot one!)

Have a great day Gentlemen!
06/16/2019

Have a great day Gentlemen!

There aren’t enough words of gratitude. Today, we honor you who gave their lives for our great nation.
05/26/2019

There aren’t enough words of gratitude. Today, we honor you who gave their lives for our great nation.

To all of the true heroes, our mothers, I wish for you all the pampering and attention (OR peace and quiet) on this very...
05/12/2019

To all of the true heroes, our mothers, I wish for you all the pampering and attention (OR peace and quiet) on this very special and deserved day just to celebrate you!

No matter how you’re celebrating this weekend, be blessed and happy!
04/21/2019

No matter how you’re celebrating this weekend, be blessed and happy!

Kid for auction!
04/12/2019

Kid for auction!

Some of you have inquired about this cute kid we found a little over a week ago... well, now's your chance to take him home!
We will ask our local animal shelter to screen the winning applicant and if they have an undesirable history (animal abuse, etc.) the animal would go to the next highest bidder.
#GOAT #forreal #goatlife #cutekid #goatauction

Stay safe!
04/02/2019

Stay safe!

Have a great day everyone! Here are today's targeted traffic areas. #moveoverfl

One way to make sure you’re heart will be light is to celebrate safely today! Remember, DUIs don’t happen only in the ev...
03/17/2019

One way to make sure you’re heart will be light is to celebrate safely today! Remember, DUIs don’t happen only in the evening hours. Stay safe, use a vehicle service and everything in moderation!

Please keep these folks in mind...
03/04/2019

Please keep these folks in mind...

Please keep the Baum Community in your thoughts and prayers. Our deputies have been in the area of Baum Road and Steeds Run, where at least 10 homes have substantial damage from tonight's severe weather. Approximately five homes are completely destroyed. Two people have been taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. We have been making welfare checks and will continue throughout the night.

Please be vigilant on all social media platforms. It’s very disappointing anyone would attempt this.
01/29/2019

Please be vigilant on all social media platforms. It’s very disappointing anyone would attempt this.

ATTENTION: A fake/spoofed Instagram account for Sheriff McNeil is circulating. While his team is working on having this removed, if you have followed this account, please unfollow it and do not accept any messages. We have received reports that this account has been using a common scam to try and get money from victims.
**It can be recognized by the 3 "f"s in Sheriff.**

Thank a law enforcement officer today! I have the honor and privilege to do this everyday!
01/09/2019

Thank a law enforcement officer today! I have the honor and privilege to do this everyday!

We hope you can log on and join us!
01/08/2019

We hope you can log on and join us!

Tune in this Friday at 7pm to have A Talk with Walt!
Sheriff McNeil will be talking about crime and safety in Leon County on Facebook live. He will also be taking some of your questions, so mark your calendar! #atalkwithwalt #ALLin

Friends! Next week, Tallahassee will be the hosting city for inauguration events on Monday and Tuesday. Expect road clos...
01/04/2019
The City of Tallahassee

Friends! Next week, Tallahassee will be the hosting city for inauguration events on Monday and Tuesday. Expect road closures and heavier traffic. Stay safe and plan ahead!
Here is more information: https://bit.ly/2RtFHOq

Tallahassee, Florida, a city which remembers its past while focusing on the future – a vibrant capital city: fostering a strong sense of community, cherishing our beautiful, natural environment, and ensuring economic opportunities for all our citizens.

Stay safe and be merry! I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
12/25/2018

Stay safe and be merry! I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

12/21/2018

Folks, this is the season to celebrate with friends and family! We want to encourage you to enjoy yourself SAFELY! Law enforcement will be out and watching to help keep you safe. Please, as you celebrate, make the wise choice and use a driving service!a

Many elves will be out this evening! Stay safe, warm and dry! Choose an alternate route home if Thomasville Road is your...
12/20/2018

Many elves will be out this evening! Stay safe, warm and dry! Choose an alternate route home if Thomasville Road is your normal way home!

Elf Night is tonight at Dorothy B. Oven Park from 5:30-8:30 p.m. If you typically take Thomasville Road and are not attending Elf Night, use an alternate route. Delays are expected as the event creates heavy traffic along the road. https://bit.ly/2rGBng4

12/12/2018
LIVE In Tallahassee

Be aware and stay safe to make the most of your holiday season!

Tis the season to shop until you drop! And not just for yourself but for many loved ones! The Leon County Sheriff's Office wants you to be safe while you celebrate the season!

Happy Hanukkah! May your celebrations be bright! חנוכה שמח
12/02/2018

Happy Hanukkah! May your celebrations be bright! חנוכה שמח

Stay safe and enjoy this time with your loved ones!
11/22/2018

Stay safe and enjoy this time with your loved ones!

Let’s be careful today as we celebrate veterans! And if you see one, shake their hand and thank them!
11/12/2018

Let’s be careful today as we celebrate veterans! And if you see one, shake their hand and thank them!

Let's slow down and keep an eye out for the parade route closures this morning. Here are today's targeted traffic areas. #moveoverfl

Thank you, there are no words to fully convey my respect for each and everyone of our veterans.
11/11/2018

Thank you, there are no words to fully convey my respect for each and everyone of our veterans.

11/06/2018

If you’ve haven’t yet, please exercise your right to vote today!

Here is an update on the shooting from yesterday. Again, if you have any information, please contact law enforcement.
11/03/2018

Here is an update on the shooting from yesterday. Again, if you have any information, please contact law enforcement.

#UPDATE November 3, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. on the shooting at Betton Place, Hot Yoga, located at 1950 Thomasville Road:
After interviewing dozens of witnesses and reviewing evidence on scene, it was determined that Scott Beierle entered the business posing as a customer and began shooting patrons with a handgun without warning. Patrons fought the assailant to prevent him from harming themselves and others. The assailant then turned the gun on himself and died on scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The assailant arrived at the business in a 2015 Red Chevrolet Sonic. Investigators located the vehicle on scene and executed a search warrant. While visiting our community the assailant was staying at a local hotel. That room was located and processed by TPD Forensics, and the Violent Crimes Unit. It was discovered that the assailant is a graduate of Florida State University but is currently a resident of Deltona, Florida and has prior military service. He has been the subject of prior calls for service in the Tallahassee area related to harassment of young women.

Investigators are still trying to determine his direct connection to the victims and business. Further evidence of his motive for the shooting is being sought in the jurisdiction of his residence in Deltona, Florida. The Volusia County Sherriff’s Office assisted TPD with serving a search warrant early this morning at his residence.

Multiple search warrants have been obtained on the suspects electronic devices and social media profiles. Violent Crimes Investigators and Forensic Specialist are currently attending medical examinations of the decedents.

TPD would like to thank all the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that have assisted and continue to assist with this ongoing investigation.

Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo offers his condolences to the family of Ms. Van Vessem and Ms. Binkley and will continue to keep all victims in his thoughts and prayers. TPD’s Victim Advocate Unit, in conjunction with partnering agencies, continue to provide support to the affected families.


Investigators have been working around the clock to uncover more information, and gain clarity as to why this senseless act occurred. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. This is currently an active investigation and TPD will provide updates when they are available.



Victims:

Nancy Van Vessem, 61 (Deceased)

Maura Binkley, 21 (Deceased)

Sarah Hodges, 34 (Stable Condition)

Daniela Archila, 21 (Stable Condition)

Daniela Garcia Albalat, 19 (Treated and Released)

Sabrina O’Dette, 21(Treated and Released)

Joshua Quick, 33 (Treated and Released)


Assailant:

Scott P. Beierle, 40 (Deceased)

11/03/2018

This morning, less than 24 hours after a gunman shattered the lives of citizens in Tallahassee and Leon County, I am saddened and I am deeply upset. I want the people of this amazing place we call home to stay strong and to continue to believe in our community.
As the investigation into what happened and why is ongoing, if you know of anything that may help piece this tragedy together, please contact law enforcement with your information.
#TallahasseeStrong

Amazing!
10/24/2018

Amazing!

Congratulations on your promotion, Lieutenant McBride! She is our first black female Lieutenant in Law Enforcement. #ALLin #makinghistory

Stay safe!
10/09/2018

Stay safe!

And so it begins. Our Bravo shift pauses for a moment of prayer, before weathering the storm. If you don't mind, say a prayer for all of the men and women working to keep our community safe. #MichaelTLH #HurricaneMichael2018 #safetyfirst #ALLin

We are carefully watching Hurricane Michael.Please remember to have your supplies ready and where you can find them easi...
10/08/2018

We are carefully watching Hurricane Michael.
Please remember to have your supplies ready and where you can find them easily.
If you have any elderly family members, it may be a good idea to at least have a plan of evacuation. If you are thinking about evacuating, now would be a good time to get on the roads before the traffic gets too bad.
Please have all of the important phone numbers on a piece of paper just in case your phone dies and you can't charge it, but can get to another cell phone or landline. All too often now, we don't have important numbers of loved ones memorized because our cell phones pull them up for us.
STAY SAFE.

Leadership is currently meeting and participating in a Emergency Management Conference Call. There is another call with Department of Education after. We will update you as soon as possible on school operations.

I remember this day vividly and will never forget.
09/11/2018

I remember this day vividly and will never forget.

09/09/2018
Leon County Sheriff's Office

There are no words to explain this joy...
Thank you to all of the Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies and staff who worked to find the student. Thank you to the family for keeping the faith that he’d be found and remain safe. Thank you to every member of our community who prayed for a safe return and also for sharing the details of the case. Thank you to every volunteer for giving your time and the effort you made.

WE FOUND HIM...ALIVE!!! #bringjustinhome #broughtjustinhome #ALLin
More details to come...

Link to press briefing the day after finding Justin Shields: https://www.facebook.com/leonflso/videos/308874289666241/

If you’ve already taken advantage of early voting, thank you! If you’re going to today, thank you! Practice your right t...
08/28/2018

If you’ve already taken advantage of early voting, thank you! If you’re going to today, thank you! Practice your right to vote!

Good luck tomorrow to all the great young people of Leon County as they start a new year!This Dr. Seuss bit of wisdom al...
08/13/2018

Good luck tomorrow to all the great young people of Leon County as they start a new year!
This Dr. Seuss bit of wisdom also applies to all of the teachers and staff who have dedicated their lives to our children!
And we cannot forget the parents, grandparents and guardians who’ve been helping to get all the kids ready for their new school year!
Remember the buses are back on their routes!

As you celebrate, please be safe! Remember to keep a water source near by while using only legally sold fireworks this e...
07/04/2018

As you celebrate, please be safe!
Remember to keep a water source near by while using only legally sold fireworks this evening.
Also, never drink and drive. There will be plenty of options to help get you to and from all the celebrations today.

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Congratulations Walt!!
Happy New Year
I'm extremely disappointed that you would support someone that is owned by George Soros. Once George Soros gets his tentacles of Hard Cash into a campaign he expects a lot more than you want to give. Today as I said it is a socialist agenda for Florida is absolutely wrong. Sanctuary cities in Florida will only increase your responsibilities to protect the citizens of Florida. Higher taxes in Florida income tax in Florida will be the worst thing that ever happened in Florida. So I would ask you to rethink your support for a socialist and somebody that is receiving money from George Soros who has openly committed funds as much as he can to take America down. Maybe you already know that and maybe he's got funds in your pocket too I don't know but if he has I'm sure this means nothing to you. I would hope that the integrity of your duties and responsibilities would overcome any support for someone that stands for exactly the opposite of what you swore in to protect. Anyway I hope you're having a nice day and although Ron DeSantis was not my first choice there's no way we can afford to have Andrew Gillum and his Barack Obama secretive ways to run this state or any other state in America.
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AAAMEN,CONGRATS CUZ,GOD BLESS YOU AND FAMILY;
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WISH YOU THE BEST SHERIFF.
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Great to see and hear from you cus, you`re looking great, hope to visit in that area soon, we must keep in touch, Stay safe;;Say hello to family;