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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

Okeechobee County.


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 community relations.

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.

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