Gary York served in the United States Army from 1978 to 1987 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant from the Military Police Corps. Gary received the Army Commendation Medal and Soldier of the Quarter award while serving. He then began a career with the Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer. Gary was promoted to Probation Officer and later to a Senior Probation Officer. He was promoted once again to Senior Prison Inspector where for the next twelve years he conducted Criminal, Civil and Administrative investigations in many state Prisons. Gary was assigned with the Inspector General Drug Interdiction Team conducting searches of staff and visitors entering the prisons for contraband during weekend prison visitation.
In 1991 he received the leadership award from the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers. He was the 1998 statewide Senior Inspector of the Year and received honors from the Civil-Criminal Division in Washington D.C. in 1999 for a wrongful death investigation he conducted in a Prison. In 2004 Gary was selected to work with the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Program on Death in Custody training in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Gary has conducted hundreds of investigations in the prison system regarding numerous crimes that occur in our prison system. Cases that are not known to the public, but are public record.
Gary graduated from Saint Leo College, Florida in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Graduated in 2002 with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Metropolitan University.He was selected for the 2002 Who's Who among students in American Colleges and Universities. He also received his certification as a Certified Public Manager from the Florida State University.