Two Wakulla law officers honored
Sheriff Donnie Crum receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Major Ray Johnson named to Hall of Fame
Former Wakulla Sheriff Donnie Crum with current Sheriff Jared Miller and retired Sheriff David Harvey.
Major Ray Johnson
Wakulla law enforcement officers Donnie Crum and Ray Johnson were honored at Tallahassee Community College’s Heroes in Public Safety Celebration Banquet recently.
Former Wakulla Sheriff Donnie Crum was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award; and Major Ray Johnson was named to the Hall of Fame.
Mayor Johnson began serving the citizens of Wakulla County as a member of the sheriff’s office in June 1994. He has served for 29 years and counting, working in almost every division and position at the WCSO.
Johnson has been both a corrections and road patrol deputy, worked serving civil papers, and served as jail administrator, but it was his time as a School Resource Officer for which he is best known.
Johnson began working in the school system in 1996 and would remain an SRO for more than 13 years, during which he served at multiple schools and touched the lives of thousands of students.
Johnson is a Class Ten Commanders Academy graduate and sits on several local boards, including Wakulla Wellness Task Force, Operation Wakulla, Kiwanis Club, and Keep Wakulla County Beautiful.
He currently serves as a major over WCSO’s Community and Youth Services Unit, overseeing the WCSO’s active role at community functions.
From his first day on the job, he has never stopped serving the citizens of Wakulla County.
Born and raised in Wakulla County, Donnie Crum graduated in the last class of Sopchoppy High School in 1968. He went on to attend law enforcement classes at the Lively Law Enforcement Academy and attended Gulf Coast Junior College.
He began his law enforcement career in 1973 with the Sheriff’s Auxiliary. He then spent the next 35 years diligently working his way through the ranks of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in domestic narcotics operations between 1985 and 1989 before returning home to assume the position of major, then Undersheriff of Wakulla County. The pinnacle of his career came when he was appointed Sheriff twice: the first as Interim Sheriff by former Gov. Charlie Crist and then as Sheriff by former Gov. Rick Scott in 2011, where he served until his retirement in 2013.
Crum attended the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute and became certified in the Investigation and Prosecution of Jamaican Gangs. He was a proud member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Intelligence Unit, and a founding member of the extremely successful Big Bend Narcotics Task Force.
Over the course of 38 years, he worked undercover with local, state and federal agencies, including the Florida Marine Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulting in the seizure of drugs and money totaling millions of dollars and the prosecution of hundreds of offenders.