Sheriff Demings is a man of influence. Jerry L. Demings is a native of Orlando and has the distinction of serving as Orlando’s first black police chief and was elected as the first black Orange County Sheriff in 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is married to former Orlando Police Chief Valdez B. Demings who is the first female chief in the history of Orlando, and was elected in November 2016, to the 115th Session of the United States Congress. She represents Florida Congressional District 10. They have three sons, two of whom are twins. All of his sons are graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He is the chief law enforcement executive in the county and manages a budget of over $220 million dollars and approximately 2,500 employees.
Sheriff Demings is a graduate of Jones High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Orlando College, which is now Everest University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and is listed in Who’s Who Among College Students. He is a graduate of the 194th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and studied at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to being sheriff, County Mayor Richard Crotty appointed him as the Director of Public Safety for Orange County in October 2002. He oversaw several Orange County Departments including the jail, fire department, public safety communications and emergency operations. He had combined budgetary oversight of over $320 million and nearly 3,200 employees.
Sheriff Demings has been recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of the 50 most influential Central Floridians each year since 2009 and has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel many years as one of the 25 most influential persons in the area. His leadership has been evident during crisis such as the events of 9/11, the Florida hurricanes of 2004, the Casey Anthony trial of 2009/10, and the June 12, 2016, Orlando massacres.
Sheriff Demings is involved in numerous civic activities. He was appointed to the FEMA National Advisory Council in July 2014, and continues to serve. The chief justice of Florida’s Supreme Court appointed him to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force. Sheriff Demings is the president of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, president of the Major County Sheriff’s Foundation and president of the Florida Association of Constitutional Officers, Inc. He also serves on the National Sheriffs Association Board of Directors.
Finally, he volunteers at his church, several non-profit agencies, fraternities and professional organizations. His passion is working with children’s organizations.
– Eyvaine Walker-Lindsey, Mom of L.E.O.