Bob Gualtieri has been the Pinellas County Sheriff since November 2011. Sheriff Gualtieri began his career with the sheriff’s office over 30 years ago and has served in many different capacities, including the agency’s General Counsel and the Chief Deputy (second in command). 
 
Sheriff Gualtieri began his law enforcement career in 1982 when he joined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office as a detention deputy working in the county jail. He then worked for the Dunedin Police Department as a police officer before returning to the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy. During his career, Sheriff Gualtieri also served in the Investigative Operations and Narcotics Bureaus where he conducted complex international drug trafficking and money laundering investigations for eight years while serving on federal task forces. In 1991 he was named Pinellas County Deputy Sheriff of the Year for his efforts in dismantling major drug trafficking organizations through the use of electronic surveillance.
 
Sheriff Gualtieri earned a Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Eckerd College. In 1998 he left the sheriff’s office to attend Stetson University College of Law, from which he graduated cum laude. After graduating from law school Sheriff Gualtieri entered private law practice with a firm in Tampa where he represented employers in labor and employment law litigation.
 
Sheriff Gualtieri returned to the sheriff’s office in 2006, serving as General Counsel and Chief Deputy until becoming Sheriff in 2011. During the economic downturn between 2009 and 2013 Sheriff Gualtieri oversaw a reduction in the sheriff’s office budget of $108 million and the elimination of over 600 positions. During that same period the sheriff’s office reduced crime in its service area by over 20%.
 
Sheriff Gualtieri is an active member of Florida and national organizations that effect law enforcement policy, including the Florida Sheriff’s Association, National Sheriff’s Association, Major County Sheriff’s Association, Police Executive Research Forum, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
 
Sheriff Gualtieri is admitted to practice law in all Florida courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Sheriff Gualtieri is a member of the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. He is also a member of the Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Hillsborough County Bar Associations.
 
Sheriff Gualtieri is active in the community serving on numerous boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast, Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board, Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League and the Pinellas Education Foundation.

Sheriff Gualtieri is married with three daughters and has lived in Pinellas County for 35 years.


Phone Number:727-582-6201
E-mail:   rgualtieri@pcsonet.com 

 

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