Chief Argatha Rigby-Gilmore was reared in Indian River County, Florida.  She is a graduate of Vero Beach High School and Indian River Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University and a Certified Public Manager certificate.  In addition, she has a Master’s Degree in Social Science and Public Administration from Florida A&M University.  She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #214 and a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government State & Local Executive Program. In 2018, she received her Doctor of Strategic Leadership Foresight Degree from Regent University.  She is married to Thomas Franklin Gilmore.

Her law enforcement career began at the Tallahassee Police Department in 1984. She was promoted to Sergeant, rising through the ranks and retiring as a Captain after 25 years of service.

In 2009, she was sworn in as the Police Chief in Lake City. Under her leadership, the Department renewed its status as an accredited law enforcement agency in Florida.

Chief Gilmore serves as a District Director for the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Chairman of the Policy Administration Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as a District Director for the Florida League of Cities.  She is a consultant for Partnership for Strong Families and member of the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.

As a Law Enforcement Officer, Dr. Argatha Rigby-Gilmore, along with  her  staff,  is  committed  to  making  the  Lake  City  Police  Department a premier agency.  She is dedicated to serving her community with compassion, pride, and integrity.  Chief Gilmore is making it a priority to ensure Lake City is a safe place to work and play.

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