Sheriff's Office celebrates 130 years of public service

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TOP: The Citrus County Jail, c. 1910s, stood where the new courthouse is today. The old jail was torn down in the mid-1970s. CENTER, LEFT: Citrus County Superintendent "Sam" Himmel recalls the days of the late Sheriff Burton R. Quinn. CENTER, RIGHT: Sheriff Charles Dean Sr. speaks with Kelly Runnells in the 1930s. LEFT CENTER, NEAR BOTTOM: Sheriff Charles S. Dean poses with the 15-foot alligator he caught "chewing on a cow." BOTTOM RIGHT 1: Former Sheriff Charles Dean, who also has served as a state Senator. VERY BOTTOM, RIGHT: Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast. [ CLICK ANY PHOTO TO SEE LARGER PICTURE ]

The Citrus County Jail, c. 1910s, stood where the new courthouse is today. The old jail was torn down in the mid-1970s.
The Citrus County law enforcement has a historical lifespan of 130 years, so far.
 
And on Friday, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office gathered with community leaders and others to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
 
Citrus County Superintendent of Schools "Sam Himmel recalls the days of Sheriff Burton R. Quinn (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on June 2, 2017)Speaking during the Friday morning celebration at the Inverness CCSO Operations Center were Citrus County Superintendent of Schools "Sam" Himmel, 16-year sheriff and State Sen. Charlie Dean and current sheriff Mike Prendergast. Also attending the ceremony were Judge Patricia Thomas, Inverness City councilmembers, Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni and a host of law enforcement and county dignitaries. Church Without Walls Pastor Doug Alexander, who is also the CCSO chaplain, gave the invoocation and benediction during the anniversary celebration.
 
Sheriff Charles Dean Sr. speaks with Kelly Runnells in the 1930s.Speaking on behalf of the late Burton R. Quinn, Citrus County Superintendent of Schools "Sam" Himmel recalled Sheriff Quinn's impact on the county. Himmel recounted one story where Quinn had been in a hospital, then got up, disconnected from medical apparatus and then went to do some banking and personal business and later returned to a frantic hospital staff, who only knew that Quinn wasn't there. She concluded by saying, "On June 18, 1997, our community lost a great friend."
 
Sheriff Charles S. Dean Sr. poses with a 15-foot alligator that had been "chewing on a cow."Former state senator and sheriff Charles Dean noted, "This is the first time I've been through that door (the CCSO's door) since I left." He told of his father's encounter with a 15-foot alligator that he said "was chewing on a cow." When no one believed him, Charlie Dean Sr. went and got the gator and showed him as proof.
 
Sheriff Mike Prendergast was keynote speaker for the event. With a nod to those who had worked in law enforcement through the years, Prendergast noted that even though technology had been a tremendous help to law enforcement since the early days, it has always been the men and women of law enforcement doing their jobs that has made the real difference.
 
A listing of Citrus County sheriffs:
 
  • Former state Sen. Charlie Dean, and former Citrus County Sheriff, speaks at the 130th anniversary of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on June 2, 2017)Sheriff J.C. Priest, who served from 1887-1896
  • Sheriff A.T. Priest, who served from 1896-1904
  • Sheriff George R. Carter, who served from 1904-1906 and from 1907-1917
  • Sheriff E. Port Graham, who served from 1906-1907
  • Sheriff B.O. Bowden, who served from 1917-1928
  • Sheriff Charles S. Dean Sr., who served from 1928-1946
  • Sheriff Frank Morris, who served from 1946-1952
  • Sheriff Burton R. Quinn, who served from 1953-1980
  • Sheriff Charles S. Dean, who served from 1980-1996Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was the keynote speaker at the 130th anniversary of the Sheriff's Office. (PHOTO: Robby Douglas on June 2, 2017)
  • Sheriff Terry LaCasse, who served from 1996-1997
  • Sheriff Jeffrey J. Dawsy, who served from 1997-2017
  • Sheriff Mike Prendergast, currently serving since 2017
 
 
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