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Sheriff Sadie Darnell (D)



Public schools, Gainesville, Fla.; AA degree, Santa Fe Community College; BA degree, psychology, University of Florida; MA degree, educational leadership, University of Florida; graduate, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program; graduate, FBI National Academy, 168th Session; graduate, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Executive Program.


30-year veteran, Gainesville Police Department, retired at the rank of Captain; elected Sheriff of Alachua County, November 2006; re-elected 2008, 2012 and 2016.

"The challenges of law enforcement in modern society depends on committed leadership which prioritizes a partnership between deputies and the communities we serve with a strong focus on safety and mutual respect for all."
~ Sheriff Sadie Darnell
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Honors and Affiliations 

Alachua County Office of Victim Service Award; Florida Law-Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2000; Department of Defense Military Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, 2011; Elected Official of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, 2010; Outstanding Career Pathways Partner, Santa Fe College, 2011; National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Recognition, 2013; Recognition by the Florida Public Safety Institute for "Women in Law Enforcement" in 2016; Honoree at Boy Scouts of America Values Dinner in 2016; and Recipient of Audrey Lincourt Schiebler Child Advocacy Award in 2017; past president, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2015-2016; Chair, FSA Cold Case Advisory Commission, 2015-current; appointment to the Forensic Interview Protocal Task Force; Board member, Executive Board North Florida HIDTA; member, National Sheriffs’ Association; FBI National Academy Alumni Association.

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