District 4 Commissioner: Guy M. Tunnell

District 4 Commissioner Commissioner Guy M. Tunnell represents Bay County's District 4. Commissioner Tunnell, a 4th-generation Bay Countian, was born Aug. 16, 1951 in Panama City.

He holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Rollins College, and has a 35-year career in law enforcement, including serving as the police chief for the city of Lynn Haven, Bay County sheriff, executive director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and a senior investigator for the State Attorney's Office in Panama City. He formerly worked as a consultant for a defense contractor specializing in Homeland Security and emergency response issues.

His professional affiliations and accomplishments include:

  • Chairman, Region 1 Florida Domestic Security Task Force
  • Chairman, Zone 1, Florida Sheriffs State-wide Task Force
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association
  • President, Florida Sheriffs Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Commissioner Tunnell has served as an executive board member of the following organizations: Anchorage Children's Home (vice president); Bay County Boys and Girls Club; Bay Point Charity Billfish Tournament Board; Gulf Coast Community College Foundation; Gulf Coast College Criminal Justice Advisory Board (chairman); Florida Police Chiefs Association; lifetime member, Florida Sheriffs Association; National Sheriffs Association; Rotary Club, Lynn Haven, FL (Paul Harris Fellow); Fraternal organizations (Masonic, Scottish Rite-32ndKCCH, York Rite and Shrine);Westside Men's Club; honorary chairman, Bay County "Heart Walk," American Heart Association; Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

He married wife Patricia "Patty" Kelly Tunnell in 1970 and they have three sons Cory and wife Missy, Jason and wife Salina and Brad. They have four grandchildren, Hannah, Emma, Eli and Cooper. Commissioner Tunnell and Patty are members of the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.

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