The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department Mission Statement that guides all employees:
The mission of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department is to work in partnership with the Community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our county.
As members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department we accept responsibility for contributing to the quality of life in our community. We believe the character of our Department is best reflected in the quality of service provided by each of our members. We will meet the challenge to provide quality through our shared values and commitment to:
- Serve in an impartial, courteous, responsive, and effective manner.
- Maintain an attitude which respects the dignity and rights of those we serve.
- Facilitate open communications with the public.
- Take responsibility for our actions and be willing to admit our mistakes.
- Professionalism which is the result of a clear sense of perspective and direction, strengthened by teamwork and innovation.
- Remain enthusiastic and put empathy first and foremost in public and employee relations.
- Promote community involvement and cooperation.
- Be ever mindful that we are members of the public we serve.
All that we do will reflect a "commitment" which ensures we merit the support and trust of our community.
- Reduce crime, the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life of Okeechobee's residents.
- Improve the trust and collaboration between community residents, businesses and police officers.
- Augment education and training of crime prevention and youth intervention.
- Remain on the cutting edge of best practices that promote safe, livable, and viable neighborhoods and business districts.
Sheriff Paul C. May
Undersheriff Noel Stephen
Executive Assistant Juanita White
Road Patrol Captain
Sheriff Paul C. May is responsible for the overall operation of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. He is responsible for guaranteeing the most basic function of government keeping the peace and maintaining law and order. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county, he must see to it that due process of law is guaranteed by the Constitution, is complied with before any person is deprived of life, liberty or property. He is the guardian of public peace, safety and security. Some of the other statutory duties are: maintain confidentiality of juvenile records; attachments and garnishments; posting notices of general elections, when necessary; providing a system for processing complaints; executing process for collection of estate taxes, intangible personal property taxes, commercial vehicle taxes, cigarette taxes, severance taxes and sales and use taxes; taking custody and delivering persons for involuntary psychological exam; reporting abuse or neglect of aged persons and children; recording liquor seizures; impounding stray livestock; destroy injured or suffering animals; summon members of statewide grand jury; extradition of witnesses; operating the county jail; and preparing and administering a budget.