Sheriff Eric Aden (R)
1990 Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach; Bachelor’s degree in criminology, Florida State University; 1994 Law Enforcement Academy, Northwest Florida State College; FDLE Senior Leadership Program, Class 15; FDLE Executive Leadership Seminar, Class 4; Candidate University, Okaloosa County; FBI National Academy, session 276; Graduate certificate in criminal justice education, University of Virginia.
Patrol deputy, operations bureau, 1995-1997; School resource officer, operations bureau, 1997-1998; part-time deputy, operations bureau, 1998-2003; Mortgage banking and finance, 1998-2008; Sergeant, lieutenant, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, court security and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, special operations bureau, 2008-2010; Lieutenant, judicial services, administration bureau, 2010-2014; lieutenant, criminal investigations section, investigations bureau, 2014-2016; lieutenant, watch commander, operations bureau; captain, operations bureau, 2017-2018; major, operations bureau chief, 2018-2020; major, administration bureau, 2020.
Honors and Affiliations
United Way Loaned Executive of the Year, 2014; Honorary commander, Hurlburt Field, 2015; Member and councilman, Shalimar United Methodist Church; Past member, security ministry team, Shalimar United Methodist Church; United Way loaned executive, volunteer; Past board member, Kiwanis Club; Past president, secretary, member, Okaloosa Re-publican Club; Executive committee member and precinct captain, Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee; Associate member; Republican Women of Okaloosa; Board member, Northwest Florida State College Foundation; HOA president, Portofino Townhomes; Board member, Horizons Foundation/ARC of the Emerald Coast; Member, All Sports Association; Past member, Elks Lodge No. 1795; Member, Destin BE Empowered; Member, 1st Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association; Selected to and attended the USAF Air War College National Security Forum, 2017; Finance Committee, Northwest Florida State College; Faith-Based Committee, Finance Committee, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Member, FBI National Academy Associates Inc.; Member, International Association of Chiefs of Po-lice; Past member, Board of Trustees, Bridgeway Center.
Almost half of Okaloosa County jail under quarantine after positive cases of COVID-19
CRESTVIEW — Almost half of the Okaloosa County jail has been under quarantine after several inmates tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
Corrections Director Eric Esmond said Thursday that 12 out of 26 sections of the jail were under quarantine because of exposure to the virus.
The jail has 16 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19. Those six men and 10 women are isolated to their cells.
Five staff members also tested positive and were quarantined at their homes Thursday.
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“In an abundance of caution, if we have individuals who report any COVID-19-like symptoms, based on how they live and the close proximity that they live in, it is more prudent for us to go ahead and put the entire section under quarantine until we can make sure everyone’s clear,” Esmond said.
He said the number of positive cases at the jail, which currently houses about 655 inmates, is small in comparison to last year when at one point there were more than 100 active infections reported.
“We’re in better shape right now, honestly," Esmond said. "I know it can change, but we had some periods where our inmate numbers were in higher double digits and at one point, we actually reached triple digits when the Health Department came in and did the mass testing for us.”
However, the situation concerns fo criminal defense attorney Glenn Swiatek, who said it is interfering with his ability to "give good counsel" to his clients. He was set to visit with a client Wednesday who would have otherwise been ready to go to trial, but the client got COVID-19.
“It’s the same thing that I’m seeing out in public and in the courthouse, as well, is that nobody is taking the same precautions as to the delta variant compared to last year, last March, last April when things went into lockdown and we started wearing masks and things like that,” Swiatek said.
COVID-19 cases in Okaloosa County have continued to increase as the delta variant causes surges across Florida. Swiatek said court proceedings were largely continuing as normal as the numbers of COVID-19 cases began to rise.
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“This is coming from the top. This is coming from the Florida Supreme Court where they just don’t give a damn anymore,” Swiatek said. “They’re not going to do any lockdowns. They’re not going to do any temperature checks. They suggest that Zoom court be utilized whenever possible, but they’re not requiring it.”
Esmond said the jail has never stopped following COVID-19 protocols enacted last year, such as temperature checks, COVID-19 testing and a 14-day quarantine period. Two masks, which are mostly optional at the jail, are handed out to every inmate who comes in.
Staff are required to wear masks if entering a quarantined area. Inmates and staff are also given the option to get vaccinated at the jail. As of Thursday, Esmond said 179 inmates had received both doses of the two-shot Moderna vaccine and 32 had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We never stopped temperature checking even when the numbers rolled down to virtually zero,” Esmond said. “We’re being very mindful. We understand that these individuals as they leave are going back out into the community, so we’re doing our best to mitigate the spread in the community and we do that by mitigating the spread inside the jail.”
In order to facilitate court activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Supreme Court allowed the court system to use video technology for many proceedings.
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Inmates in quarantine are still able to access those services to speak with counsel, said Esmond, who added that most court proceedings are now being done from within the jail because of the number of inmates in quarantine.
“Judges are being able to see and speak with whomever falls under their docket from our Polycom and from other things that we’ve created inside of the jail to continue to move their dockets along so we’re not holding people unnecessarily," Esmond said.
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But Swiatek said he would like to have more secure video access to his clients.
“We do have video access," Swiatek said. "But when we’re talking to clients, we can’t talk to them with any degree of confidentiality because the dorm, all those guys are gathering around as you’re talking to your client and listening to everything that’s said."
Esmond said the inmates will have to be cleared and yield negative results for COVID-19 before they are able to come out of quarantine. If all goes well, the quarantine is expected to be lifted Monday.
The situation will continue to be monitored at the jail, and Esmond said they are working with other county entities to “do our best and mitigate any spread.”
He added, “We’re working not just inside of our jail environment, but with the entire county. We’re talking about the court, law enforcement agencies, pretrial services, really everyone that has something to do with the criminal justice apparatus.”
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Options for Communicating With a Family Member in the Okaloosa County Jail
There is nothing more frustrating than having a loved one incarcerated and not being able to communicate with them. If you are local, you can visit your loved one based on a stringent schedule established by the jail. You will be given specific days and times to visit with no liberty to modify. If the jail is on lockdown for any reason and it happens to be your visitation day, you don’t get to see the inmate. Children under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit without an accompanying parent. Communication will become one of the most difficult tasks you have from now until your loved one’s release. Although Okaloosa County has taken some steps towards accommodating a more convenient visiting schedule, there are a few things you need to know in order to communicate.
Who Cannot Visit an Inmate at the Okaloosa County Jail?
There are a few situations where certain people are not allowed contact with an Okaloosa County inmate. These situations are as follows:
- If you are currently on felony probation;
- If you are a co-defendant or co-conspirator of the crime for which the inmate is detained;
- If you are the victim of the crime for which the inmate is detained;
- If you have an active warrant for your arrest;
- If you have been convicted of a felony regardless of probation or parole status.
How do I talk to My Loved One at the Okaloosa County Jail?
The calling system used by many facilities, including Okaloosa, is Securus. Securus is an inmate calling plan that you can establish over the phone or internet. Securus acts as the telephone agent charging your credit card or account based on the length of the call. With Securus, you don’t have to deposit money on a phone card for the inmate or endure painfully expensive collect call bills. Securus is available 24/7 through their call center at 1-800-844-6591 or on the web at https://securustech.net/.
The most affordable plan with Securus to date is the AdvanceConnect plan. This is a prepaid plan that allows contact to landline phones and cell phones. The prepaid account deducts for each call and can be replenished over the phone or online. Once the AdvanceConnect plan has been established, you can begin receiving calls immediately.
Benefits of AdvanceConnect:
- Minimum funding amount of $25
- Calls are received as long as funds are in the account
- Accounts can have multiple phone numbers attached
We are not affiliated in any way with Securus, and we do not receive any compensation for providing this information. We are simply offering it to help.
How can I see my loved one at the Okaloosa County Jail?
Would you rather connect with your loved one through a video chat? Are you unable to see them on a scheduled day? Securus has an answer for that. Securus offers in home visitation through a video feed. This is a great way to connect if you are not a local resident. The Okaloosa County Jail is a video approved facility and can help you connect via video. Use the same steps above and create a Securus account. Once the account has been approved you will schedule a video conference with the jail for visitation. Inmates are given a minimum of 2 hours of communication time per week.
Are Calls Private From the Okaloosa County Jail?
No. No call or video will be private if you are communicating with someone held at the Okaloosa County Jail. The ONLY private conversation your loved one will ever have at the jail is with their attorney. Inmates should know this rule but if for some reason your loved one begins talking about their case or saying things that are private, terminate the call. Jail calls can and will be used in court against an inmate. ALL calls are recorded and heavily monitored. We understand that your loved one has a desire to have their story heard and we agree, but that must be left for the attorney’s ears only.
If you have a loved one incarcerated at the Okaloosa County Jail and you need help establishing contact, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 243-6097. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you.
Okaloosa County FL Jail Inmate Search
To search for jail inmate records in Okaloosa County Florida, use Okaloosa County online inmate search or jail roster. Inmate details include name, inmate ID, gender, age, address, race, booking number, booking date/time, release date/time, inmate mugshot, charges, statute code, charge status, offense date/time, arrest date/time, bond type, bond amount and expected sentence completion date. If you want to schedule a visit or send mail/money to an inmate in Okaloosa County Jail, please call the jail at (850) 689-5690 to help you.
Okaloosa County Jail Contact Information
|Okaloosa County Jail||1200 East James Lee Boulevard, Crestview, FL 32539||(850) 689-5690|
State prisons in Okaloosa County, FL
|Okaloosa Correctional Institution||3189 Colonel Greg Malloy Road, Crestview, FL 32539-6708||(850) 682-0931|
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Girl, if you are also to me, please, come in, and he carried away my friend, who did not have time. To understand what was happening. Five minutes later, we were in a hurry to the exit, and my friend was dragging me by the elbow as fast as if we were late for the last train. Listen, he's some kind of strange. What's his weirdness.