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.