The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in Osceola County, elected by registered voters every four years. He is responsible to the electorate of the county and to the Governor of the State of Florida.
It is the duty of the Sheriff to enforce the laws of the State of Florida and the ordinances of Osceola County. The Sheriff also is responsible for processing, serving and enforcing writs issued by the courts, and for courtroom security.
A member of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office since 1976, Sheriff Hansell has spent his entire law enforcement career with the agency. He began as a deputy sheriff and earned promotions to the rank of captain. He has served as a member and commander of the agency’s SWAT team, and as the high-risk incident commander. Prior to being elected Sheriff of Osceola County, Bob Hansell had worked in, supervised and managed virtually every area of the agency.
Born and raised in Osceola County, Sheriff Hansell graduated from Osceola High School and the J.C. Stone Law Enforcement Academy. He is a graduate of the 109th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
Sheriff Hansell is a member of the Kissimmee and St. Cloud Chambers of Commerce and the St. Cloud High School Athletics Booster Club. He is very involved in Flee To Be Free and the Special Olympics. Sheriff Hansell is a past chairman of the Sheriff’s Office United Way campaign. He sits on the board of directors of the following organizations:
- Osceola County Council on Aging
- Osceola County Investigative Bureau
- Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation
- Technical Education Center of Osceola (TECO)
- Give Kids Safe Shelter