Assistant Sheriff David Folsom

Assistant Sheriff Folsom worked for 32 years as a law enforcement officer.  He began his career with the Valdosta State University Police Department from 1980-1984. Folsom received a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1984. During that time, he was assigned as a Security Police Section Commander and Operations Officer in the Strategic Air Command and Alaskan Air Command where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and USAF Commendation Medal.

 In 1988, he joined the Tallahassee Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, traffic homicide investigator. David worked as the supervisor and commander of the Special Operations Division. He was progressively promoted through the ranks to Captain where he commanded a Patrol Division, Communications, Records, Training, and worked for then Chief McNeil to lobby law enforcement issue before the Florida Legislature.

In 2011, he was appointed the Deputy Inspector General for the Florida Department of Corrections.  Sheriff McNeil appointed him Assistant Sheriff. Folsom joined the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in 2017. 

Assistant Sheriff Folsom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University and a Master of Science in Political Science from Florida State University.   Chief Folsom was accepted into the Alpha Kappa Delta, PI Gamma Mu, and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Societies.   He graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class 240, in 2010.  David graduated from Leadership Tallahassee in 2004 and is a member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.