CHIEF DEPUTY BOB JOHNSON
Chief Bob Johnson has been employed with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office since 1993. He has been a member of our SWAT team for over 20 years and is currently the SWAT Team Commander; overseeing all team selections, training and deployments. During his tenure with our Agency, Chief Johnson has been a member of multiple units to include Major Crimes Detective, Narcotics Supervisor, DARE Officer School Resource Officer, Juvenile Unit Supervisor, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Evening Shift Watch Commander, Navarre District Commander, Internal Affairs, Administrative Captain, Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Fleet Operations and also Public Information Officer.
Chief Johnson was promoted to the rank of Major in April of 2015. Sheriff Hall assigned him as the Law Enforcement Division Commander overseeing all operational aspects of our Law Enforcement Division. Chief Johnson has completed over 3,000 hours of specialized training in various law enforcement topics such as administrative management, supervisory techniques, patrol techniques, S.W.A.T. operations, criminal and narcotic investigations. Chief Johnson has successfully completed thirteen months of Senior Leadership program through the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute as well as the Leadership Santa Rosa Program Class 28. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session#241) and currently holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Johnson also serves as the Homeland Security Coordinator for our agency and is an active member of Florida’s Region One Domestic Security Task Force. Chief Johnson was promoted to Chief Deputy in January 2016. Chief Johnson performs the duties of the Sheriff in his absence.
MAJOR JIM SPENCER
Major 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. Major Spencer has completed fifty-five hours of graduate work in Public Administration.
Major Spencer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served as an instructor in its Elite Force Reconnaissance Companies. He has thirty-seven years of service in Law Enforcement; which he began in 1979 with the Florida Fish and Game Commission.
Major 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.
At the direction of Sheriff Wendell Hall, Major 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 Major Spencer.
MAJOR PATRICIA KILLAM
Major Killam started her career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1989. Major Killam was previously the Director of Security for Creek Bingo Palace and was a consultant for the Indian Development Opportunities Commission. Major Killam has been assigned to Training, Classification Corporal, Transportation Supervisor, FTO, Public Relations officer for ABC Program, Facility Inspector, Internal Affairs Investigator, Civilian Employees Supervisor, Shift Sergeant, Shift Lieutenant, Transition Coordinator Supervisor, Offender Registration Supervisor, Detention Special Programs Initiative Manager and ACR Division Lieutenant. Major Killam received dual certifications in Corrections and Law Enforcement from the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center. Major Killam received the Correctional Officer of the Year award from the Council on Crime and Delinquency in 1999 and Supervisor of the Year award in 2002. Major Killam has an Associate in Applied Science Criminal Justice degree.