Hardee County Sheriff's Office

900 East Summit St.
Wauchula, FL 33873
Phone (863) 773-0304
Fax     (863) 773-4593

Michael Anthony Evans
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Officer Authority


The patch worn by officers of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office.


Authority of sworn personnel: Florida Statute Chapter 30 gives the Sheriff the power to appoint deputies. All powers of deputies are derived from the Sheriff, through the powers vested in him by law. FS 30.15 Powers, duties, and obligations-Sheriff's, in their respective counties, in person or by deputies, shall:

  • Execute all process of the Supreme Court, circuit courts, county courts, and boards of county commissioners of this state, to be executed in their counties;

  • Execute such other writs, processes, warrants, and other papers directed to them, as may come to their hands to be executed in their counties;

  • Attend all terms of the circuit court and county court held in their counties;

  • Attend all meetings, and execute all orders, of the boards of county commissioners of their counties; for which services they shall receive such compensation, out of the county treasury, as said boards deem proper;

  • Be conservators of the peace in their counties;

  • Suppress tumults, riots and unlawful assemblies in their counties with force and strong hand as necessary;

  • Apprehend, without warrant, any person disturbing the peace, and carry him before the proper judicial officer, that further proceedings may be had against him according to law.

  • Have authority to raise the power of the county and command any person to assist them, when necessary, in the execution of the duties of their office; and, whoever, not being physically incompetent, refuses or neglects to render such assistance, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $500;

  • Be, ex officio, timber agents for their counties;

  • Perform such other duties as may be imposed upon by law.