Published: Nov. 3, 2020, at 7:55 PM EST
CROSS CITY, Fla. (WCJB) – There is a new sheriff in town in Dixie County.

Darby Butler won the race to become Dixie County’s new sheriff. He was the only candidate on the ticket with 25 consecutive years in law enforcement. He began his career in the Florida Department of Corrections in 1994 before making the switch to Florida Fish and Wildlife, where he’s worked since.

Some of the issues most important to Butler include implementing a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs, expanding community outreach programs, and ensuring the health and well-being of law enforcement.

“I’m a hands-on type of person. Have been for my entire career, 25 years,” said Butler. “I enjoy working with the people and alongside the people and for the people. In law enforcement, you sometimes have a lot of focus on negativity. I like to view the positive side of actually really helping somebody.”

Butler intends to implement a drug task force team with the goal of combating and eliminating the drug problem in Dixie County.


Sheriff Darby Butler (R)


Dixie County High School, 1991; Santa Fe College, 1993; Lake City Community College, 1995; Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy, 2002; Special Operations Group School; Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers.


Florida Department of Corrections; Cross City Correctional Institution, 1994-1996; Taylor Correctional Institution, 1996-2001 (Sergeant); Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2001-2020.

Honors and Affiliations

2002 Top Gun Award, Law Enforcement Academy; 2014 Award of Life Saving, Florida Fish and Wildlife.