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Sheriff Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Dawsy (D)
Inverness

Education

Crystal River High School; BA degree, criminal justice, St. Leo College; MBA, Nova University; graduate, Chief Executive Seminar and National Sheriffs’ Institute 

Military

Air Force, 1976-1978

Career

Deputy sheriff, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 1978-1981; deputy sheriff through captain, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, 1981-1996; elected Sheriff of Citrus County, 1996; ran unopposed 2000; re-elected 2004, 2008 and 2012 

Honors and Affiliations

Citrus County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, 2005; Key Training Center Citizen of the Year, 2005; American Society for Industrial Safety Law Enforcement Special Recognition, 2005; Children of Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, 2005; Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 2006; FDLE Commissioner’s Award, Florida Missing Children’s Day, 2007; member, National Sheriffs’ Association; chairman, FDLE Criminal Justice Standards & Training Trust Fund Region VI; National “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” Florida’s Top Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 40 & 8 Club; president, Jessie’s Place (Citrus County Children’s Advocacy Center); co-chair, Sexual Predator Task Force, Florida Sheriffs Association; agency achieved state accreditation in 2000, reaccreditation in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013; achieved national accreditation in law enforcement and public safety communications, 2007, 2010 and 2013; agency received a special honor with the designation of “with excellence,” CALEA, 2013; chairman, 2001, vice-chairman, 2002, Florida Sheriffs Association’s Legislative Committee; past commissioner, Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission; Sheriff’s Office named “National Model Agency,” National Association of School Resource Officers, 2005; national award, School Safety Advocacy Council’s Exemplary Safety, 2009-2010; partnered with Citrus County School System to establish Citrus County Public Safety Training Center, 2009; consolidated enforcement section of Citrus County Animal Control Services, 2009; consolidated Citrus County Fire Services, 2011; coach and past president, Central Citrus Little League; honorary member, Rotary; member, Masons; board member, Kids Central, Inc.; chairman, Crystal River High School Education Enhancement committee.


SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Address: 1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Inverness, 34450-4968
Phone: (352) 726-4488
Website: www.sheriffcitrus.org

COUNTY DETAILS
County Seat: Inverness
Population: 139,360
County Website: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/

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