Public Safety: Police Department

The mission of the Port St. Joe Police Department is to provide competent and courteous service to all citizens of the community in their homes and places of business, while working toward establishing a community environment characterized by both physical safety and personal freedom.

We are committed to providing superior customer service while developing partnerships with community, civic, and business members to help identify and solve problems. Our community's safety and enhanced quality of life are our highest priorities.

Contact Information:
David Barnes, Chief of Police - (850) 229-8265 x 117
For Emergencies, please dial 911

David Barnes is your Chief of Police

Chief Barnes took command of the Port St. Joe Police Department on November 15, 2007, after serving more than nineteen years with the Springfield Police Department, and leaving at the rank of Chief of Police. Chief Barnes is married to Gia Nina Barnes a Deputy Clerk at the Bay County Courthouse and has two grown daughters Adrianne Clark and Amanda Barnes. Chief Barnes has recently purchased a home in Port St. Joe and says he is "here to stay."

Chief Barnes tries to make himself available at all times to the citizens he serves. He believes, "Even after all of the extensive training I have had in Law Enforcement, the most basic ideals of treating people with dignity and respect are at the forefront of what I feel is important in performing my duties."



Public Safety: Fire Department

Port St. Joe Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by 17 dedicated fire fighters. Firefighters are all trained in First Responder and CPR. The unit includes two Fire Fighters II and five Fire Fighters I, with the remaining members considered Fire Fighters Non-Structure.

The department has two Class A Pumpers, one 75 foot Ladder Pumper, one Brush Unit and one Rescue Unit.

The unit is proud to serve their neighbors in Port St. Joe and Gulf County.

Contact Information:
John Ford, Fire Chief - (850) 229-8002
For Emergencies, please dial 911