Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Major James Livingston
Major James Livingston has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2006 and serves as the Commander of the Court Operations Division. The Division is responsible for all aspects of security at the Courthouse Complex, which includes the Edgecomb Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex, the County Center, the State Attorney's Office Building, and the Public Defender's Office Building. The Division also includes the Civil Process Section which serves approximately 150,000 court-related documents each year.
Major Livingston came to the Sheriff's Office from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he retired as a Supervisory Special Agent after a 22-year career. He has over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field, having served as a juvenile probation officer prior to joining the FBI. He is originally from Memphis, Tennessee where he earned a Law Degree in 1983 and a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Criminal Justice in 1977, both from the University of Memphis. He and his family have lived in the Tampa area since 1995. Major Livingston has extensive investigative experience in areas involving terrorism, drugs, organized crime, violent crime, street gangs, and juvenile crime. He also has a broad background in administrative areas including program management, personnel matters, internal inquiries, budget oversight, and problem solving. He completed a four-week leadership course at the FBI's Executive Development Institute in 2000, and a senior leadership seminar at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2006. He has completed dozens of other leadership, operational, and investigative training courses over the years.