COMMAND AND SUPERVISORY STAFF

Joel DeCoursey Jr., Chief of Police

Antoine Sheppard, Deputy Chief of Police

Deputy Chief Sheppard is a native of High Springs and was hired in 2001 as a Patrol Officer and was subsequently promoted to a Patrol Sergeant in 2004 with the High Springs Police Department. During his tenure as a Patrol Sergeant, Deputy Chief Sheppard was responsible for many administrative assignments such as the Training Unit, Reserve Officer Program, and Internal Affairs Investigation Unit.

In 2013, Deputy Chief Sheppard had the pleasure of transitioning into the position of Uniformed Detective within the Criminal Investigation Division. During this assignment, he investigated several high profile cases to include sex crimes, robberies, and armed burglaries. He also served as the Lead Investigator in the successful capture of robbery suspect, Dennis Godden, who was arrested for multiple armed robberies that occurred in the High Springs and Fort White areas in 2013.

In January 2014, City Manager Edwin Booth appointed Deputy Chief Sheppard to serve as the Acting Chief of Police for a year until a permanent position for Police Chief was hired in February 2015 and later promoted him to the position of Executive Lieutenant in August of 2014.

In January of 2017, Deputy Chief Sheppard was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. As Deputy Chief, he serves as the second highest ranking officer at the agency and second in command. Deputy Chief Sheppard assists the Chief of Police in the day to day operations of the agency and assumes command of the agency in the absence of the Chief of Police.

Currently, Deputy Chief Sheppard is enrolled at Vincennes University, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Homeland Security. Deputy Chief Sheppard is a person of faith, committed to Integrity, and refuses to compromise his principles in any Manner

Sergeant Dustyn Shenk

Sergeant Shenk has been with the High Springs Police Department since March of 2009. He worked as a Patrol Officer until 2012 when he was honored to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.Sergeant Shenk believes fully in the honor and integrity of working as a Police Officer, and works to build relationships and trust with those the job affords him contact with.Sergeant Shenk is happily married with two children, and is proud to work in a profession to which he feels called

Sergeant Kendrick Hampton

Sergeant Hampton has been in service with the High Springs Police Department since August of 2011. In October of 2013, he was appointed to the position of Acting Sergeant.Since starting his career, he has attended specialized training in various areas of Law Enforcement including: Speed Measurement, Investigations, Interviews and Interrogations, FBI Street Survival and Active Shooter just to name a few.In January 2016, Acting Sergeant Hampton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, by the Chief of Police. Sergeant Hampton currently serves as one of our Patrol Supervisors and the Agency’s Training Coordinator.

Sergeant Adam Joy

Sergeant Adam Joy began his Law Enforcement Career as a Police Explorer with the Alachua Police Department in 2002. After graduating High School in 2006, Sergeant Joy continued as a Police Explorer, while attending the Police Academy at Santa Fe College Institute of Public Safety. After graduating the Police Academy March of 2007, Sergeant Joy was hired as an Officer with the Alachua Police Department, where he proudly served until December 2010. December 2010, Sergeant Joy was hired by the High Springs Police Department, where he’s served in many different areas over the years, to include, Traffic Safety Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Relations & Social Media Coordinator, as well as the Police Explorer Advisor & Police Chaplain Program Liaison. Sergeant Joy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant June 27th, 2016. Sergeant Joy hold countless certifications in many different areas & has attended numerous Specialized Training Courses.

Sergeant Vernon Higginbotham

Sergeant Higginbotham was promoted to the rank of Sergeant June 27th, 2016. Sergeant Higginbotham currently serves as one of our Patrol Supervisors.