Sheriff Troy Peterson is a 1988 graduate of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport. He also graduated with honors from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College earning an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Troy was raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and began his career in public service in 1989 by enlisting in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged, in 1994 he began his career in law enforcement as a Corrections Officer with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. In 1995 he served as a County Patrolman, conducting criminal patrol throughout Harrison County and further served as a Sniper for the SWAT Team, trained by U.S. Marine Veteran, Carlos Hathcock. In 1998, Troy was assigned as a Narcotics Investigator to the Harrison County Narcotics Task Force. In 2000, he was assigned to the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team where he was sworn in as a Task Force Agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. In 2003, Troy was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Gulf Coast HIDTA as a DEA Task Force Agent. In 2008, he was promoted to Investigator Lieutenant and assigned as the Officer in charge of Harrison County Narcotics Division. In 2012, Troy graduated from the Drug Unit Commanders Academy, at DEA Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. In 2012, he was promoted as the Director over the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team by the Coastal Chiefs of Police and Sheriff within Harrison County. Troy retired in 2015 as the Captain over both task forces to run for Sheriff of Harrison County. Sheriff Peterson is married and has one daughter.
Active in his community, Troy’s professional affiliations include: Vice President, Mississippi Association of Drug Enforcement Officers; member, National Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition; member, International Association of Administrative Professionals; member, MGCCC Alumni Association; Board Member, Gulf Coast Substance Abuse Task Force and member of the National Association of Police Organizations.