Sheriff Mike Prendergast forced the resignation of a deputy who is a candidate for office, basing the decision on a state law that he learned afterward doesn’t apply, according to interviews and records.
The four Republican sheriff candidates sat down individually with the Citrus County Chronicle editorial board this week and discussed why they should be the county’s top law enforcement officer. This is what they said.
A Citrus County sheriff’s candidate said he “just totally forgot” three credit card debts that resulted in a pair of lawsuits filed against him in 2019, and was reminded only in May when a third company filed a similar lawsuit.
Many of those demonstrating, rioting, and demanding changes to law enforcement over the police killing of George Floyd are young adults.
The four Republican candidates for the August sheriff primary contest got down to business Friday at a forum, which was top-heavy with questions about how they can use their position as top county cop to assist local employers and foster economic development.
As community leaders across the country contemplate the recent demonstrations and call for police reform, many are also asking for steps to build better relations and trust between law enforcement and minority communities.
As demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue, many participants and some lawmakers are calling for the overhaul of their police departments and want more ethnic and racial diversity in law enforcement.
As demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continues and many communities call for law enforcement overhaul or police department de-funding, the Citrus Chronicle asked the county’s four Republican sheriff candidates questions about policies they would implement if electe…
Editor’s Note: The Chronicle writes profile stories on each candidate challenger for office. The other two sheriff's office primary candidate challenger stories published in January 2020.
Protests over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has led to peaceful demonstrations that at times have turned violent in many cities across the country.
Normally, this is the time of year when the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce would be hosting its candidate forums at one of it’s monthly luncheons so folks could hear what they have to say on the issues.
Editor’s note: The Campaign Trail lists where to find candidates, from fundraisers to speaking engagements. With much of that on hiatus for the time being, the Chronicle asked candidates to provide website or Facebook information so that voters can keep up with the candidates themselves. Tho…
Citrus County Democrats are calling on Mike Klyap Jr. to drop his campaign for sheriff after he referred to peaceful protesters in Marion County as “animals."
A candidate for Citrus County sheriff found himself caught in a social media flareup after he referred to a group of peaceful protesters in Ocala as “animals.”
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a racketeering lawsuit against Citrus County sheriff candidate Mel Eakley and four dozen of his former Pasco County Sheriff colleagues, but gave plaintiffs time to refile updated accusations.
I am responding to the Chronicle article titled, “Candidates in 2019 get a jump on 2020.”
Melbourne “Mel” Eakley says he is looking to fix the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, and the police and military veteran made the first move Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, when he filed paperwork to run for sheriff in the 2020 election.
Editor’s Note: This profile story is on a candidate who pre-qualified for the 2020 election for sheriff of Citrus County. He is not on this year's ballot.
It was in the wake of tragedy that April Royal threw her support behind Mike Prendergast in the 2016 race for sheriff.