William D. Snyder to be sworn in as Martin County’s 8th Sheriff

William D. Snyder (left) and Robert Crowder (Source: Baret News)

On Tuesday January 8, Martin County residents will get an opportunity to watch the changing of the guard as William D. Snyder will be sworn in, becoming Martin County’s 8th Sheriff. Chief Judge Steven Levin, of the 19th Judicial Circuit, will swear in Sheriff-Elect Snyder at a ceremony at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will take place near the flag pole at 11:00am.

Once Sheriff-Elect Snyder is sworn in as the agency’s new leader, the ceremony will continue as he, for the first time as Sheriff, addresses the 391 Sheriff’s Law Enforcement and Corrections Deputies and 156 Civilian Employees who will work under his authority. Pastor Rodney Loper will then bless the badges of the sworn personnel. Hundreds of sheriff’s personnel, state and local dignitaries, law enforcement officers from across the state, as well as Martin County citizens have been invited to attend.Sheriff-Elect William D. Snyder’s career in law enforcement spans over 33 years, beginning in 1973 at the Miami Dade Police Department where he served with distinction for more than 20 years. In January of 1993, he joined the Martin County Sheriff’s Office as Captain, Chief Criminal Investigator, in charge of all criminal and narcotics investigations. In March of 2001, he was promoted to Major, Director of Law Enforcement, for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, retiring in 2006 to become a Florida State Legislator. Sheriff-Elect Snyder served the citizens of Florida in that capacity for three terms before winning his bid to replace retiring Sheriff Robert Crowder as Martin County’s 8th Sheriff.Sheriff Robert Crowder was appointed by Governor Reuben Askew as Interim Sheriff of Martin County from 1972 to 1973. Sheriff James Holt was then elected into office in 1973, hiring Crowder to become his Chief Criminal Investigator. Sheriff Holt served five terms, retiring in 1992. Sheriff Crowder was later elected into the position, and was re-elected to four additional terms in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. He announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2008 term.

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