The 14th Sheriff of Pinellas County since 1912, when the county was created through a special referendum.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was appointed Pinellas County Sheriff by the Governor in November 2011 and elected to his first full term as Pinellas County Sheriff in November of 2012. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office over 30 years ago and has served in three major bureaus; Patrol Operations, Investigative Operations and Detention and Corrections.
Sheriff Gualtieri began his career in law enforcement and public service when he joined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 1982 as a Deputy Sheriff in the Detention and Corrections Bureau. He became certified as a law enforcement officer and joined the Dunedin Police Department in 1983, then rejoined the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy in 1984. Later, as a detective assigned to narcotics investigations, Detective Gualtieri conducted international and domestic drug and money laundering investigations, and became an expert in electronic surveillance.
Sheriff Gualtieri earned his Bachelor’s degree at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and in 1998, he left the Sheriff’s Office to pursue a law degree. In 2002, Sheriff Gualtieri graduated cum laude from the Stetson University College of Law, and shortly afterwards, he joined the Tampa law firm of Ford & Harrison, LLP in private practice.
He returned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as General Counsel, and was appointed Chief Deputy, second in command, by Sheriff Jim Coats in January 2008.
Gualtieri performed the duties of Chief Deputy and General Counsel until he was appointed Sheriff by the Governor upon the retirement of Sheriff Jim Coats in November 2011.
Sheriff Gualtieri enjoys many community affiliations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board, Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Sheriff Gualtieri is also a member of the Gold Shield Foundation.
Sheriff Gualtieri is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Bar Associations of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Hillsborough County. He also holds Bar Admissions to the Florida Supreme Court, all Florida Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Major County Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association.
Sheriff Gualtieri is originally from Syracuse, New York and a Pinellas County resident for over 30 years. He is married with three daughters.