District 1 - Sam Parker

Background

Sam Parker is a licensed Florida real estate broker and owner of Parker Realty Group, LLC. He also owns a real estate investment company, Second Chance 850, LLC, which was created specifically to provide affordable housing opportunities to people in Santa Rosa County.

Education

After graduating from Milton High School, Parker earned his Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola Junior College, his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida, and his Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University.

Sheriff's Department Service

Parker began serving this community over a decade ago by working in the criminal justice field. First as a correctional officer at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in East Milton, and then as a deputy sheriff at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Parker worked for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for over eight years during which time, he earned numerous awards including: Letters of Commendation, a Unit Citation, a Medal of Achievement, and the Medal of Valor. Parker also received a Purple Heart after being wounded by gunfire during a domestic dispute. Parker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his service, he also received two Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Jeff Miller in recognition of his outstanding and invaluable service to the community.

Personal Life

Parker has been a member of Pace Assembly of God Church since 2003. He married Candace in 2005 and they have two children, Ethan and Tyler.