Glenn Hess has served his Country, his State and his Community. As an Army helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division in Viet Nam (1968-69), he flew troops into battle and conducted daily low level reconnaissance missions searching for North Vietnamese army units. He was wounded in battle and awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Hess also received three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal and 32 Air Medals.
Returning home, he graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law, Mr. Hess was admitted to the Florida Bar in September, 1979. The following month as an Assistant State Attorney, he tried his first case, winning a conviction for Second Degree Murder.
After four years as a prosecutor, Mr. Hess began a civil law practice on Panama City Beach representing condominium associations, businesses and two Sheriffs.
In l994, Mr. Hess was elected Circuit Judge, an office he held for 13 years. During that time, he graduated from the American Bar Association’s National Judicial College and regularly attended the Advanced Judicial Studies program for Florida Judges. In 2008, he resigned from the Bench to run for State Attorney to restore trust and professionalism in the office. He has held that office since January, 2009.
Under Mr. Hess’ direction, the State Attorney’s Office has:
- Expanded the Major Crimes Unit that prosecutes murders and violent crimes.
- Created a Special Crimes Unit to focus on child abuse and sexual abuse cases
- Helped implement a diversion program for veterans and others with special needs.
- Started in-house training programs for prosecutors, investigators and support staff
- Worked with local Law Enforcement Agencies, physicians and pharmacies to prevent the proliferation of illegal pain clinics and pill mills in Northwest Florida.
Mr. Hess believes in leading by example and demonstrates this by remaining active in the courtroom. He personally tries murder and other major cases throughout the circuit.
In 2015, Mr. Hess was elected President of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and is currently in his second term. The Association represents all twenty elected State Attorneys and their employees. As President, he has worked to preserve Florida’s death penalty.
Glenn and Maureen Hess were married in August, 1973. They have four children: Sarah, Scott, Allison and Carter. Glenn and Maureen make their home on Panama City Beach where they enjoy boating, fishing and water sports. Maureen is also a longtime participant in ladies’ tennis across the panhandle.