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Forest District Office
16000 E. Hwy 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Phone : (352) 402-6040
Fax: (352) 625-9785


Lieutenant Bill Sowder
Forest District Commander
bsowder@marionso.com

It is my privilege to have been selected as your Forest District Commander. The Forest District encompasses 283 square miles in the eastern portion of Marion County. Much of the District encompasses the beautiful Ocala National Forest, the Ocklawaha River, recreational facilities and many springs and natural lakes. The Forest District also includes many communities like Lynne, Scrambletown, Grahamsville, Moss Bluff, Forest Lake Park, Chippewa, Levy Hammock, Winding Waters and Mill Dam, just to name a few. Many other agencies also serve this area, such as the U.S. Forest Service, Florida State Forestry, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection and The Florida Game and Fish Commission, and the Sheriff’s Office has an outstanding working relationship with them.

The Forest District is currently comprised of six patrol officers, a detective and a secretary. These men and women choose to work here because they either live here or they love the Forest area. We have a proactive approach to law enforcement in the protection of our citizens and the community. We are attentive to the needs and the concerns of our citizens who we view as our customers.

I believe it is important to serve not just our community but also our faith, families and natural resources and we are all a part of the community whether we work, live or recreate here. I have been assigned to work in many positions at the Sheriff’s Office in my career but the most challenging yet is to serve as the Forest District Commander. I have looked forward to this opportunity for many years to serve alongside the men and women at the Forest District Office.

If I can be of service or assistance, please feel free to contact me in person or by telephone or simply stop by the Forest District Office and meet our staff.