Sheriff Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Dawsy (D)
Crystal River High School; BA degree, criminal justice, St. Leo College; MBA, Nova University; graduate, Chief Executive Seminar and National Sheriffs’ Institute
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.
Air Force, 1976-1978
Honors and Affiliations
Citrus County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, 2005; Key Training Center 2005 Citizen of the Year; American Society for Industrial Safety Law Enforcement Special Recognition, 2005; Children of Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, 2005; The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, 2006; Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International; graduate, Leadership Citrus; served as panelist with President George W. Bush and U.S. Attorney General Gonzalez at Conference on School Safety, Washington, DC, 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; awarded National "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year", by the 40 & 8 Club; awarded Florida's Top Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the 40 & 8 Club; president, Jessie's Place (Citrus County Children's Advocacy Center); co-chair, Florida Sheriffs Association - Sexual Predator Task Force; board of directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; agency achieved state accreditation in 2000 and reaccreditation in 2003. 2007 and 2010; achieved national accreditation in law enforcement and communications, 2007 and 2010; Florida Sheriffs Association's Legislative Committee, chairman, 2001, vice-chairman, 2002; past commissioner, Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission; Sheriff’s Office named “National Model Agency,” by the National Association of School Resource Officers, 2005; national award from the School Safety Advocacy Council’s Exemplary Safety, 2009-2010; consolidated with City of Inverness, Florida, 2004; began Child Protective Investigations Unit in Citrus County, 2006; consolidated with City of Crystal River, Florida, 2007; 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.
Address: 1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Inverness, 34450-4968
Phone: (352) 726-4488
County Seat: Inverness
County Website: www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/