You may have noticed the series of articles we are running, submitted by local attorney Greg Wilson, the immediate past Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.
Although not meant to constitute legal advice, the series is simply made up of some of the more important aspects of the law about which you should have some familiarity, and you should always consult an attorney when in doubt.
Greg Wilson is knowledgeable of the law, having worked in many areas of law enforcement, and here is a little about Greg.
Wilson was responsible for overseeing the operations of the six county offices making up the Florida 14th Judicial Circuit, and he was directly responsible for managing 114 employees including 33 attorneys and 13 investigators, as well as managing an $8 million dollar agency budget.
A fifth generation Bay county native and 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.
Returning home to Panama City and enrolling at Gulf Coast Community College, Wilson graduated in 1991 with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He then attended FSU at the Panama City campus and graduated with honors with a BS in Criminology, joining the Bay County Sheriff’s Office as an auxiliary deputy while he attended Chipola Junior College for his Law Enforcement Standards.
Upon graduation, Greg served as a patrol deputy for Bay County Sheriff’s Office until 1995, when he joined the Panama City Police Department. 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 and in 2004 he returned home to Panama City and worked as an Assistant State Attorney for Jim Appleman in the Bonifay Office.
Wilson subsequently transferred to the Panama City 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 Panama City, Bonifay, Chipley, and Marianna, where his practice focused on criminal defense, administrative law and government, and 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, Greg was asked to return to public service and run the Holmes, Washington and Jackson county State Attorney 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, and 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, an honor attained by fewer than 1% of the Florida Bar members. He was also appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2013 to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Greg is a member of 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). Greg’s hobbies include archery, hunting and taxiing kids to their sporting events.
This series of articles distributed by Greg Wilson is not meant to constitute legal advice, and you should always consult an attorney when in doubt, when making life-changing legal decisions or when accused of a crime.
If you have a suggestion for an article, please submit your idea in email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more information please call Greg Wilson at 850-600-7088.