Greg Wilson is the immediate past Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Based out of the Panama City Office he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the 6 county offices, which comprise the 14th Judicial Circuit. He was directly responsible for managing 114 employees including 33 attorneys and 13 investigators, as well as managing an $8 million dollar agency budget. Greg is a 5th generation Bay county native. The son of a 33 year career Coast Guardsman, Greg traveled extensively with his family to various duty stations from the time he was 5 until he graduated high school in 1989.
He returned home to Panama City and enrolled in Gulf Coast Community College graduating in 1991 with an AA in Criminal Justice. He then attended FSU at the Panama City campus and graduated with honors with a BS in Criminology. He joined the Bay County Sheriff’s Office as an auxiliary deputy while he attended Chipola Junior College for his Law Enforcement Standards. Upon graduation he served as a patrol deputy for BCSO until 1995 when he joined the Panama City Police Dept. During the 5 years he served at PCPD he worked patrol, special investigations (narcotics) and served on the SWAT team.
Wanting to advance his career in law further, Greg applied to the University of Florida Law School and graduated in 2002 with his Juris Doctorate. While in Gainesville he worked as an Assistant State Attorney for Bill Cervone. In 2004 he returned home to Panama City and worked as an ASA for Jim Appleman in the Bonifay Office. He subsequently transferred to the PC office and managed a felony caseload. When Steve Meadows became State Attorney he promoted Greg to the Major Crimes Division with the responsibility for prosecuting all meth lab and major drug conspiracy cases in each county. Greg was then promoted to run the Bonifay Office.
In 2007 Greg went into private practice with James Dowgul and opened offices in PC, Bonifay, Chipley, and Marianna. His practice focused on criminal defense, administrative law and government. As the managing partner for the firm he was responsible for the firm’s marketing, budget and personnel. When Glenn Hess was elected State Attorney in 2009 he was asked to return to public service and run the Holmes, Washington and Jackson county offices. Desiring to eventually run for State Attorney Greg reluctantly left a very lucrative private practice and joined Glenn Hess’ Office. In 2010 Greg was transferred to PC and was promoted to the position of Chief Assistant State Attorney for the entire circuit. He maintained that position until May 2016 when he ran for State Attorney and narrowly lost in the Primary election in August 2016.
During his career Greg has distinguished himself by becoming Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, which less than 1% of the Florida Bar members have attained. He was also appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2013 to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission. He is a member of the following organizations: Bay County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Governmental Affairs Committee, Law Enforcement Memorial Project Chairman, Jr. Leadership Bay Chairman, First Responders Appreciation Chairman; Bay High Foundation; Washington County Teen Court; Bay County Public Safety Commission; St Andrew Bay Center Board of Directors; St Andrew Inns of Court; Bay County Bench & Bar Member; Bay County Bar Association, Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and is a Life Member of the NRA.
Greg is married to Shannon Wilson and together they have 7 children. Jessica (27), Miranda(20), Kaleb(11), Landen(9), Easton(6), Tyler(3) and Holden (1). His hobbies include Archery, Hunting and taxiing kids to their sporting events.