Sheriff Will Akin has over 29 years of combined experience in the military and law enforcement. Will served in the United States Army beginning in October 1994, and he was honorably discharged in February 2003. He began his law enforcement career when he attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in April 2003. As a Police Advisor in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, Will mentored local police to ensure law and order were maintained effectively and impartially according to the principles of policing. Will worked closely with the Department of Defense, Department of State, United Nations, and his Afghan counterparts to address issues concerning gender and human rights violations and worked toward solutions that were compatible with Afghanistan’s culture.
Sheriff Will Akin joined the Clay County Sheriff’s Office upon his return from Afghanistan in January 2013 and served as commander for a variety of divisions before he was elected sheriff. He took office on January 1, 2021. Originally from California, Will has lived in many states throughout the U.S. as well as South Korea and Afghanistan. He has earned many degrees, including a doctorate in ethical leadership. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy #264, Senior Management Institute for Police #86, and National Sheriffs’ Institute #119. Will is an active member in the community as well. He serves as the Post Commander for the Liberty Memorial VFW Post #4043, is a member of the American Legion Post #95, and the Liberty Rotary Club #6040.