Chief Tony R. Taylor has resided in Okaloosa County since 1970. Upon graduation from Fort Walton Beach Christian School, Chief Taylor joined the Fort Walton Beach Police Department in 1977 as an Auxiliary Police Officer where he began his honorable 30+ year career with the department. During his career at the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, Chief Taylor held various assignments in the Patrol, Investigations, and Administration Divisions, holding every rank up to Captain. Upon his retirement from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department in 2010, Chief Taylor remained on the department’s Reserve Unit as a Part-Time Police Officer and served as a professional consultant overseeing the department’s state accreditation process. Retired after over three decades of honorable service, Chief Taylor was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Crestview in October, 2012.
In February 2014, Chief Taylor was appointed to serve as the prestigious Honorary Vice Commander of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.
Chief Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University in 1991. He graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy (193rd Session) in Quantico, Virginia in 1998. Throughout his law enforcement career, Chief Taylor completed hundreds of hours of training in specialized and advanced traiing courses to include aw enforcement supervision and executive management.
Chief Taylor is married to Lilia Taylor. He has two adult daughters and one adult son along with eight grandchildren.
Since becoming Crestview’s Chief of Police, Chief Taylor has maintained an “open door” policy and welcomes all members of the community to contact him with any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions.