David Gee, Sheriff
Sheriff David Gee
Sheriff David Gee is a lifelong resident of Hillsborough County. He has served the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the community for over thirty-seven years. Throughout his career, he worked in progressive positions of leadership, including homicide investigator, Internal Affairs supervisor, public information officer, chief financial officer and chief deputy until he was elected Sheriff in 2004. As Sheriff of Hillsborough County, David Gee is responsible for managing the tenth largest suburban law enforcement agency in the nation and an annual budget of more than $370 million.
Sheriff Gee holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Tampa. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, and is a law enforcement aviator rated in fixed-wing aircraft and turbine helicopters. Sheriff Gee’s experience, education and training strengthened his belief that law enforcement can only be effective if it provides service and protection based on the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. As a result, he immediately began implementation of a three-year Strategic Operations Plan that reflected his priorities and realignment of Office operations that include core values of integrity, professionalism, service and protection. In 2008 and 2012, Sheriff Gee was re-elected. He is currently serving his third term in office.
Sheriff David Gee is deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service and by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Force Officer. In addition, he is a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Chairman of the Attorney General’s Region 4 Gang Reduction Task Force, and Co-Chairman of the Region 4 Domestic Security Task Force. He serves as a board member of A Kids Place of Tampa Bay, board member of the Hillsborough County Head Start Program, board member of the Judeo Christian Health Clinic, and an active member of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. He is the former chairman of the Brandon Boys and Girls Club and former security consultant to the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Sheriff Gee is the recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award, recipient of the Boys and Girls Clubs Community Hero Award, recipient of two Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Medals of Valor, as well as the recipient of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council award. In 2007, he was awarded “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Crisis Intervention Team. In 2015, he was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Sheriff Gee and his wife, Rhonda, have four children. Sheriff Gee is active in the community and is an avid outdoorsman.