John M. Eason

for Hardee County Sheriff 2020
Passion - Experience - Leadership

The choice for a better change.


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June 30th, 2020

The campaign is back in full swing and I have had a lot of great conversations over the past few months.  I assure you I have heard your concerns and take each and every one of them to heart.  I will continue with my door-to-door campaign and hope to see each of your prior to the primary election on August 18th, 2020.  If you are not registered to vote, or need to change your party affiliation, you have until July 20th to do so.  If you are not a registered Republican voter by July 20th, 2020, you will be unable to vote in the Sheriff's race.  Please make sure your voice is heard and either register to vote or change your party affiliation before July 20th.  

March 30th, 2020

Unfortunately, I am cancelling the Meet & Greet event which was scheduled for Thursday, April 9th but will be rescheduling for a future date.  This is being done in light of the recommendation to continue social distancing and having no more than 10 attendees at any event.  This recommendation remains in effect until April 30th.  I am also suspending my door-to-door campaign...for now.  The door-to-door campaign will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.  

The health and safety of our community is my highest priority and no campaign is worth ignoring social distancing recommendations.  It is imperative that I do everything I can to help flatten the curve and to ensure the continued efficient operation of the Wauchula Police Department.  We all must remain vigilant and take all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our community. 

That being said, I would still love to speak with each of you about my plans and ideas to bring about positive change to Hardee County.  Please send me a message so I can schedule a time to speak with you individually. 

February 28, 2020


Chief John M. Eason officially announces his candidacy for Hardee County Sheriff.  John has served the public his entire adult life being a veteran of the US Air Force, a former Correctional Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections and a Law Enforcement Officer with the Wauchula Police Department.  John’s career has spanned 27 years and brings an extensive amount of training and experience with his candidacy.  John was promoted to the position of Chief of Police for the Wauchula Police Department on February 12th, 2013.  The Wauchula Police Department has been an accredited agency through the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation since June 1999.  During his tenure as Chief of Police, John has led the Wauchula Police Department through two accreditation audits with both receiving high marks and praise.  These inspections have led to the Wauchula Police Department receiving two coveted Excelsior awards making them a double-Excelsior agency.  This status is only held by 44 law enforcement agencies out of 386 agencies statewide.


John is a certified law enforcement instructor through the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and actively teaches in both the law enforcement and correctional officer disciplines as an adjunct instructor at South Florida State College Public Safety Academy.  John holds numerous high liability instructor certificates including firearms, law enforcement vehicle operations, Taser, First Aid, and active shooter awareness.  John is also certified through the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider instructor.

John has completed in excess of 3,500 hours of advanced, specialized and on-going training and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Polk State College and graduated Summa Cum Laude as well as being a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.  John also holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice from South Florida State College graduating Magna Cum Laude.  John is a graduate of the 400-hour University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course as well as a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar Class 48 and the Dale Carnegie Leadership program.

John has received numerous awards throughout his career which includes multiple life-saving awards, meritorious unit citation and multiple letters of accommodations to name just a few.  John was named Officer of the Year in 2005 and Employee of the Year for the City of Wauchula in 2013.  John is an active member of the Wauchula Kiwanis Club and serves as a member of the Board of Directors.  John is also the President-Elect for the Rotary Club of Hardee County, the Assistant Governor for Area 2 District 6890 Rotary International and is a multiple Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.  John is the chairman of the AdventHealth Wauchula Foundation.  John is also a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association, International Association of Police Chiefs and serves as co-chairman of the South Florida State College Public Safety Academy Advisory Board.

John has outlined his goals as Sheriff to include:

  • Obtaining agency accreditation through the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation

  • Enhancing operational effectiveness by increasing partnerships between the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office and the community

  • Bridging the gap between an “us versus them” mentality and increasing transparency

  • Enhancing communications between internal and external organizations

  • Promoting professionalism through strong training

  • Developing a long-range strategic plan to guide the HCSO into the future

  • Enhancing recruitment and retention

  • Promoting character and leadership development throughout the entire organization.

John’s Vision Statement for the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office is to promote excellence through accreditation, providing strong leadership while fostering, promoting, encouraging, and maintaining collaborative relationships internal and external to the organization.  These qualities will promote trust and transparency and enhance the partnership between the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office and the members of the community in which it serves, thus increasing safety and security for Hardee County and its citizens.