Chief James McQuaig  

(Department of Judicial Services)

James McQuaig started his career at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Uniform Patrol Deputy.

He worked as a Patrol Deputy and Field Training Officer until 1994. He became a Violent Crimes Detective in 1994. Promoted to Sergeant in 1999, McQuaig returned to Uniform Patrol to supervise Uniform Patrol shifts. He went on to supervise the Vice unit, the Property Crimes unit and the Violent Crimes unit before becoming the Public Information Officer for Sheriff Larry Campbell.

Captain McQuaig was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011 and continued to serve as PIO for Sheriff Campbell, Sheriff Rob Swearingen and Sheriff Mike Wood. Captain McQuaig returned to Uniform Patrol as a Watch Commander in 2015 and was promoted to Captain in 2016, supervising the Uniform Patrol Division, the Special Operations unit, the Reserve unit, the Aviation unit, the K-9 unit and the Forestry unit.

Captain McQuaig is currently the Judicial Services Division Commander overseeing operations at the Leon County Courthouse including the Warrants unit, the Bailiff’s unit, the Prisoner Transport unit, the Civil Process unit and the U S Marshal’s Task Force unit.

Captain McQuaig has supported several community organizations and charities throughout his career including; Second Harvest Food Bank, Florida Special Olympics, Cops for Kids, the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, and is a longtime Leadership giver to the United Way of the Big Bend.