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Florida’s First Black Deputy Sheriff Began His Career In DeSoto County


From The Desk Of Sheriff Potter –

Sheriff Potter reflects on the significance of February, recognizing it as Black History Month—a time to honor the enduring contributions of black Americans who have shaped our society. In this spirit, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office takes pride in commemorating a pivotal figure from its own past.

George Brown’s journey in law enforcement began in 1945 when he joined the ranks of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. Throughout his tenure, Brown exemplified excellence, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues. His pivotal role as Florida’s first bonded black deputy sheriff, acknowledged by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, underscores his trailblazing legacy.

For nearly four decades, Brown dedicated himself to serving and protecting the citizens of DeSoto County until his retirement in 1983. His leadership and unwavering commitment leave an indelible mark on the community—a legacy that the Sheriff’s Office proudly upholds.