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Sheriff Mike Prendergast (R)



BA degree, Jacksonville State University; MA degree, University of Florida; Master of Strategic Studies degree, U.S. Army War College; Master of Public Administration degree, Troy State University; Congressional Fellowship, American Political Science Assoc. and Johns Hopkins University.


U.S. Department of the Army, global; military policeman, rose through the ranks from private to colonel, including four tours of duty as a provost marshal; retired as colonel of military police, 1978-2009.


Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, executive director; chief of staff to the governor of the state of Florida; elected Sheriff of Citrus County, 2016.

Honors and Affiliations 

Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for Service In the Armed Forces of the United States; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze OLCs; many other military commendations; Knight of Columbus; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Florida Sheriffs Association, National Sheriffs Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; National Rifle Association.

Behind the Badge