Joe Manning is currently the Bluffton Police Department Police Chief. A rank he was promoted to in July 2017. He first came to the department in 2013 as second in command after serving 27 years with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
While at Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Manning supervised units within the Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, Narcotics, and Intelligence divisions. He was involved in supervising units that work jointly with other state and federal agencies to include; the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Regional Domestic Security Task Force, and the 2012 Republican National Convention. He was a Pinellas County SWAT member which allowed him the experience and expertise to start the Bluffton Police Department Strategic Response Team in 2015. Major Manning holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Public Administration from Liberty University. He is also a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, the Senior Leadership Program and the FBI Police Executive Fellowship Program where he served in the Counterterrorism Division, National joint Terrorism Task Force. He has also graduated from the Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command, Class 379.