3 arrests made in Jamie Seeger murder case

FROM LEFT: Wilson, Vickers and WilliamsIn the early morning hours of July 25, Citrus County deputies were dispatched to a shots-fired call in Crystal River where they discovered a gray-colored Chrysler in the middle of the road at West Cyrus Street and North Reynolds Avenue.

CCSO, fire services merge into public safety union

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is Fire Chief Larry Morabito. (October 4, 2011)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Citrus County Fire Services became a single entity on Saturday during a special swearing-in ceremony at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto.

Families and friends of firefighters were on hand for the ceremony, an historic first for Citrus County, and of note throughout the state of Florida and the nation.

County OKs plan to merge law enforcement, fire functions

LEFT: Citrus County Fire Services Chief Larry Morabito. RIGHT: Sheriff Jeff Dawsy. (June 6, 2011)

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted to allow the merger of fire services with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

The vote was 3-2, with commissioners Kenney and Webb voting nay.

The plan, presented to the commission by Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, is one which promises, among other things:

County accepts task force recommendations; Sheriff Dawsy to form plan

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy speaks to county commissioners on April 12, 2011

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has a new task - figure out what a combined law enforcement and fire services office would look like, and to come up with a budget for it.

Dawsy was given the task by the Citrus County Commission on Tuesday after commissioners voted 3-1 to accept the recommendations of the Public Safety Initiative Task Force, a creation of the county commission and populated by a cross-section of leading county business people and residents.

Broward County sheriff speaks to Citrus County task force

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti (insert, at left) speaks to the Citrus County Public Safety Initiative Task Force on Feb. 18 in Lecanto. (Citrus Times and Citrus-Daily photo by Robby Douglas on February 20,2011).

For Broward County, the path to savings was through the consolidation of the sheriff's office, fire services and emergency medical services into a single agency.

For Citrus County, the path to savings remains to be seen.

Public Safety task force gets feet wet in first session

The first meeting of the Public Safety Initiative Task Force was held on Feb. 4 in Lecanto. Task force members got their feet wet with presentations by law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services. PHOTO BY: Jim Hunter on Feb. 4, 2011)

Citrus County's Public Safety Initiative Task Force members got their feet wet on Friday during the first meeting of that body.

Formed to investigate the possibility of consolidating the sheriff's office, fire services and EMS under one super-agency, the 17-member task force heard from each of those agencies during a three-hour session in Lecanto.

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