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Sheriff Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Dawsy (D)


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


Air Force, 1976-1978.


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, 2012.

Honors and Affiliations

Liberty Bell Award, Citrus County Bar Association, 2005; Citizen of the Year, Key Training Center, 2005; Special Recognition, American Society for Industrial Safety Law Enforcement, 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,” 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 and reaccreditation in 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013; achieved national accreditation in law enforcement and public safety communications, 2007, 2010, 2013; agency received a special honor with the designation of “with excellence” by CALEA, 2013; chairman, Legislative Committee, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2001, vice-chairman, 2002; past commissioner, Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission; Sheriff’s Office named “National Model Agency,” National Association of School Resource Officers, 2005; national Exemplary Safety Award, School Safety Advocacy Council, 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.; past chairman, Crystal River High School Education Enhancement Committee.

Address: 1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Inverness, 34450-4968
Phone: (352) 726-4488

County Seat: Inverness
Population: 140,031
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