I have been a resident for 30 years in Citrus County. I also worked at the CCSO six years. Four years ago, Citrus suffered a tragic loss of a great man, who was not only a coworker at CCSO, but my friend and surely would have won the 2016 sheriff’s race. Citrus was still in shock during the election for sheriff.

I have reviewed the four Republican candidates that will appear in the Aug. 18 Republican primary. In my opinion, one stands out above the rest: Patrick Crippen.

Crippen’s family has been in Citrus for nearly 50 years. He is a Florida native, attending Homosassa Elementary School, Crystal River Middle School and graduated in 1984 from Crystal River High School.

He attended Withlacoochee Vocational School in Inverness for both his corrections and law enforcement certificates, Central Florida Community College in Lecanto, and Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach.

He worked for the city of Crystal River Police Department and CCSO under Sheriff Charlie Dean, retiring as a lieutenant with the Florida Fish and Wildlife conservation Commission, Law Enforcement Division.

Crippen has been in law enforcement for approximately 20 years. Crippen is truly Citrus County’s homegrown, hometown candidate and has been in Citrus for approximately 30 years.

Crippen left the county for 12 years to start a career in the corporate world and served as executive manager, director and vice president. These positions are at the level of sheriff and more.

Crippen returned to Citrus when his mother fell ill and eventually died.

Crippen brings diversity to the field of candidates. I highly recommend doing your homework, check past Chronicle stories and read up on each candidate. The choice is clear, Crippen has my vote!

George Martin

Inverness