Sheriff Anthony Dennis began his career with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. During his service with the agency, Sheriff Dennis has served as a Shift Lieutenant, Commander of the Narcotics Division, Administrative Major, and as the Chief Deputy before being elected Sheriff in 2004.
Since taking office in January 2005, Sheriff Dennis has overseen the successful implementation of programs such as the Community Action Team, The Third Judicial Circuit Drug Analysis Lab, a gang task force and the Boys to Men Conference. His commitment to providing the best possible service to the public is unparalleled.
Sheriff Dennis is a life-long native of Sumter and is a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Sheriff Dennis holds a Bachelors Degree from St Leo University and a Masters Degree from Troy State University. Sheriff Dennis is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, one of only five in the history of the agency.
Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner joined the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1983 as a patrol deputy. He went on to serve as a shift lieutenant before being promoted to Captain of the former COPS (Community Oriented Policing Service) division, a philosophy which was later adopted agency-wide. He went on to oversee the Civil Process and Family Court Divisions prior to being promoted to Major over the Uniformed Divisions. In January, 2011, he was promoted to Chief Deputy. In this position, he oversees the daily operations of the Patrol Division, Civil Process and Family Court Divisions, the CAT Team, Special Operations, Honor Guard, as well as being the primary point of contact to the public. Chief Deputy Gardner is a graduate of St Leo University and holds a Masters degree from Troy State University.
Major Allen Dailey, Commander of Administration, oversees day to day operations within the Sheriff’s Office. Major Dailey served in the United States Air Force prior to joining the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 1986. Since coming to the Sheriff’s Office, Major Dailey has served as a patrol deputy, an instructor with the DARE program, and spent over 19 years in the Narcotics Division as an agent and later as commander. Most recently he served as commander over both the Criminal Investigations and Narcotics divisions. In August, 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Major over Administration. He oversees the purchasing and finances for our agency, legal matters, employment, grants, policy, discipline, IT, Sex Offender Registry, and public concerns. Major Dailey is a graduate of St Leo University and holds a Masters degree from Troy State University.
Major Terrance Colclough, Commander of Operations, joined the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a patrol deputy. Since coming to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Major Colclough has worked his way up through the ranks as a corporal to a Captain of Patrol and Special Operations and has worked in several different positions including Community Oriented Policing Officer and School Resource Officer. As Operations Major he now oversees the Patrol Division, Investigations, Civil Process and Family Court Divisions, Fleet Management and the Sheriff Emergency Response Tactical Team (SERT Team). He obtained a B.S. degree in Criminology from Benedict College and received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University. In 2011, Major Colclough graduated from the FBI National Academy, being one of only five in the history of the agency.