Sheriff Noel E. Stephen
On January 3, 2017, Noel E. Stephen took the oath
of office and was sworn in as the 17th Sheriff of
Sheriff Stephen is an Okeechobee native. He began
his law enforcement career with the Okeechobee
County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a Correctional Officer.
He served for 29 years at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff’s Office, where he held every rank from
Deputy Sheriff to second-in-command under
Sheriff Paul C. May. In that role, he implemented
numerous improvements that resulted in safer
communities, increased morale, and enhanced
From his first day on the job, Sheriff Stephen has stressed the importance of treating all members of our community with respect, being transparent with and accountable to the individuals that the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office serves, and creating an environment that recognizes and rewards character, competence and compassion.
He is committed to ensuring that safe streets and neighborhoods enable all residents and businesses in Okeechobee County to thrive.
Sheriff Stephen brings to this position decades of experience and strong relationships with law enforcement and government leaders. He is a proven and respected voice in local and state criminal justice organizations.
He has two sons – Kodi and Cory and wife Brandy and two beautiful granddaughters, Brayleigh and Corleigh, who reside in Okeechobee County.