Chief Deputy Jim Spencer is a life-long resident of Santa Rosa County and is a descendant of one of its pioneer families. He graduated from Milton High School, Pensacola Junior College, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy State University in Criminal Justice. Chief Spencer has completed fifty-five hours of graduate work in Public Administration.
Chief Spencer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served as an instructor in its Elite Force Reconnaissance Companies. He has over thirty-eight years of service in Law Enforcement; which he began in 1979 with the Florida Fish and Game Commission.
Chief Deputy Spencer joined the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office in 1986 and served as a Patrol Deputy, Major Crimes Detective and Patrol Sergeant. He supervised the first long-term drug investigation as the Narcotic Sergeant, supervised Court Security and served as a District Lieutenant.
In 2004 he was promoted to Captain over the Major Crimes and Narcotics Divisions and Major in 2015.
In 2006, at the direction of the Sheriff , Chief Spencer developed the A.I.M unit, (street crimes) and the G.P.S offender tracking system. Two of the largest drug investigations in the history of this agency were successfully conducted while under the supervision of Chief Spencer.
Chief Spencer was promoted to Chief Deputy in January of 2017.