Person of Interest: Peyton C. Grinnell


Newly elected sheriff of Lake County

Vital Stats

  • As the former chief deputy to retired Sheriff Gary Borders, Grinnell was elected Lake County Sheriff in the recent general election.
  • Born in Eustis, grew up in Leesburg, graduated from Leesburg High School
  • Resides in Lady Lake
  • A Marine Corps combat veteran during Operation Just Cause and in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield/Storm
  • Completed basic law enforcement training at Lake Technical Center
  • Joined Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1994
  • Earned associate’s degree in criminal justice; bachelor’s in organizational management; a graduate of the 244th session of the FBI National Academy; and a graduate student at Columbia College.
  • Active on boards of Boys and Girls Club of Lake and Sumter, and the Lake-Sumter State College Foundation
  • He and his wife Jennifer have two children, Lauren and Blake

Years in law enforcement: 23

What I want people to know about me: I enjoy serving people.

Best advice I’ve been given: Never stop my own professional development.

Greatest achievement: Nov. 8, 2016

My hero: Jennifer, a mother, my wife, social worker for Hospice. She has been my rock.

Pet peeve: Tardiness. Always arrive 15 minutes early!

Guilty food pleasure: Brownies with Breyers’ vanilla ice cream

Favorite way to unwind: Homosassa River

Favorite quote: To whom much is given, much will be required!