Sheriff Adam Shepherd is a 39 year resident of Gila County and an Arizona Native. He has over 30 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience in Gila County. He advanced in Command through the ranks as field deputy, detective, narcotics officer, field sergeant, lieutenant-district commander and finally as the Undersheriff, where he was responsible for all field and detective law enforcement services in the GCSO. Sheriff Shepherd graduated from Pima Community College, Northern Arizona University, and Northwestern University School of Staff and Command. He has served as a certified paramedic, general instructor, firearms instructor, baton instructor and lead instructor on GCSO computerized systems. He earned a commercial pilot's license with multi engine and instrument rating. He is a certified diver and has served as a member of the Sheriff's Office underwater dive team, and also worked to implement comprehensive GCSO policy and procedures.