Office of the Chief
Chief Joseph W. Wirthman began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Crystal River Police Department. In 1978, he went to work for the Inverness Police Department where he remained until 1980. His longest tenure was with the Fort Pierce Police Department, where he started in 1980 and retired in 2006 at the rank of Captain. He was then appointed Chief of police at the Jefferson Police Department in September of 2006. During his career he has worked as a Police Officer, Criminal Investigator, Special Investigator, Internal Affairs/Professional Standards, Training and Recruiting, Administrative Services, and commanding a police district sub-station.
Chief Wirthman holds a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida, and an Associate of Arts degree from Central Florida Community College. He is also a graduate of several prestigious training programs including the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers Training School. He has also participated in Criminal Justice Senior Leadership and Chief Executive Seminars and the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program with Israel.
He is an active community leader while also being a member of several community boards and advisory committees.