Campaign News

Sheriff Staly’s Re-election Campaign Reflects Extraordinary Community Support
Flagler County Rated “A” in Community Safety under Sheriff Staly’s Leadership

NEWS RELEASE – February 22, 2024

BUNNELL – Sheriff Rick Staly has raised over $91,000.00 and earned endorsements from the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 171. Polling conducted by Cherry Communications confirms that 80% of Flagler County voters believe he is doing a good job serving as their Sheriff.

“I deeply appreciate the opportunity to get up every morning, put on the Sheriff’s star, and go to work serving the citizens of Flagler County. Our team has achieved a historic crime reduction and Flagler County just received an Arating from and is ranked in the 91st percentile of safest communities in America. Our team has been consistently recognized with national and statewide awards for professional excellence. I am especially grateful that residents and leaders of Flagler County highly value the job we are doing and are overwhelmingly supporting my re-election as their Sheriff,” said Sheriff Staly.

“Whether it is training, technology, community partnerships, reducing crime, youth programs, and soon becoming a 5-Diamond accredited Sheriff’s Office with prestigious national and state accreditations, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Staly’s leadership has become a model for the country and a statewide leader,” stated Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner.

“Sheriff Rick Staly and the team he leads have made Flagler County into one of the safest counties in Florida and America in which to live. He’s a champion for the safety of our families, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and children. He’s doing an exceptional job for our residents, and I am especially proud to support him,” said Leann Pennington, Vice Chair, Flagler County Board of County Commissioners.


Florida Agriculture Commissioner Endorses Sheriff Rick Staly for Re-election

NEWS RELEASE – January 26, 2024

BUNNELL – The Keep Rick Staly Our Sheriff Campaign announces another key endorsement for Sheriff Rick Staly’s re-election. The Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson has endorsed Rick Staly for re-election as Flagler County Sheriff in 2024.

“I am very honored to be endorsed by Agriculture Commissioner Simpson, especially because we have so many large ranches and farms in western Flagler County,” said Sheriff Staly. “Commissioner Simpson is a member of the Florida Cabinet and knows that we have reduced crime by over 50% in Flagler County and that’s good for our residents, visitors and businesses.”

Sheriff Staly has previously been endorsed by the Coastal Florida PBA (CFPBA), the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO), and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 171.

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Florida Police Benevolent Association Endorses Sheriff Rick Staly for Re-election

NEWS RELEASE – January 26, 2024

BUNNELL – The Keep Rick Staly Our Sheriff Campaign announces another key endorsement for Sheriff Rick Staly’s re-election. The Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association (CFPBA), which represents all Flagler County Sheriff’s
Office Detention deputies, including sergeants and corporals, has endorsed Rick Staly in his 2024 re-election bid as Flagler County Sheriff.

“We ask our members, their friends, neighbors, co-workers and families to support your candidacy because of your commitment to law enforcement in our communities. On behalf of the thousands of members of our Association…the Coastal Florida PBA eagerly stands ready to assist your efforts,” said Mike Scudiero, Executive Director, Coastal Florida PBA.

“I am very honored to be endorsed by the men and women that serve our community daily in our detention facility and know my leadership the best,” said Sheriff Staly. “It is an honor to work alongside our award-winning detention team!”

Sheriff Staly has now been endorsed by all unions, Coastal Florida PBA and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO), that represent the employees of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office along with
Palm Coast’s local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 171.

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IBPO & FOP Endorse Sheriff Rick Staly for Re-election

NEWS RELEASE – January 19, 2024

BUNNELL – The Keep Rick Staly Our Sheriff Campaign announces two key law enforcement organizations have endorsed Sheriff Rick Staly for re-election.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #171 (FOP 171) have endorsed Sheriff Staly for the 2024 Election.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents all Flagler County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement deputies, including sergeants and corporals, voted overwhelmingly to endorse Rick Staly in his 2024 re-election bid as Flagler County Sheriff.

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Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly Files for Re-election

Crime Down 54% Since Sheriff Staly Elected – Promises Made, Promises Kept!


BUNNELL – Today, Sheriff Rick Staly filed paperwork with the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections for re-election as Flagler County Sheriff.

Since Sheriff Staly was elected, he has led FCSO to an historic 54% crime reduction by implementing new service strategies, guardianship policing, adult and juvenile probation checks, immediate contact with Florida Department of Corrections released inmates, modernized Agency technology, created a Problem Area Crime Enforcement team, a state-of-the-art Real Time Crime Center, increased the Traffic Enforcement Unit by 130% to focus on aggressive drivers to make our streets safer and implemented rehabilitation programs, mental health and addiction treatment in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility to provide inmates the opportunity to become productive residents and an inmate work crew to save taxpayer money. Focusing on preventing youthful crime Sheriff Staly created the Youth Services Section to focus on our youth and implemented the Sheriff’s Work Ethics and Training (SWEAT) program to redirect juveniles away from the criminal justice system. To ensure school safety for our children every school in Flagler County now has a dedicated School Resource Deputy assigned to their campus and two SRDs at each high school.

“When I ran for Sheriff, I made a commitment to reduce crime in our community, focus on our youth, crime prevention and professionalize and modernize the Sheriff’s Office. Promises that were kept and delivered for our community. Together, we have achieved a historic 54% crime reduction and your Sheriff’s Office is now a national award-winning model for the State of Florida. The Sheriff’s Office has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police receiving multiple awards. The County Jail was accredited and received the coveted American Correctional Association Innovative Jail of the Year award. And, our employees have received three of the top four annual employee recognition awards from the Florida Sheriff’s Association. However, there is still more work to be done to stay one of the safest communities in our region and state and that is why I am running for re-election,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.

FCSO is a four-diamond accredited agency. It is accredited by the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, the National Institute of Ethics, and the 9-1-1 Communications Center is accredited by the Florida Tele-Communicators Accreditation Commission and the jail is accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. FCSO is on the path to a 5th Diamond when the jail’s medical is accredited later this year.

FCSO has been recognized as a leader in law enforcement and has received four national awards. In addition, many of FCSO employees have received individual awards and recognized at state and national levels.

Sheriff Staly serves as Immediate Past President of the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association (FDSA). He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Florida Sheriffs Association and is Past Chair of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. He previously served for six years on the Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, including Chair of the Commission. Sheriff Staly was recently appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture to the Florida Private Investigation, Recovery and Security Advisory Council (PIRSAC) as the law enforcement representative member, a statewide position.

Sheriff Staly is an active member of the local community. He is on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flagler County and of Crimestoppers of Northeast Florida. He is also a member of the Volusia-Flagler Police Chiefs Association, the B.P.O.E. Elks of Palm Coast, Bunnell Lodge No. 200 F&AM, and the Flagler County Gun and Archery Club.

During Sheriff Staly’s public safety service, he has received numerous awards, commendations, and medals. While serving the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, he received the Medal of Valor, OCSO’s Purple Heart Medal, and Florida Governor’s Medal of Heroism after being shot three times while saving the life of a fellow deputy sheriff. In 2015, he was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama. In 2019, Sheriff Staly was selected as one of five finalists for the NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

Sheriff Staly has been awarded lifetime memberships in the National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association. He is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

He and his wife moved to Flagler County in 2005 and started a security business based in Palm Coast in 2008. After growing the company to 128 employees with an annual revenue of $3.5 million dollars, he and his wife sold the company to a national security company in 2012. In 2013, he joined the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office where he served as Undersheriff for two years. Sheriff Staly was asked by the community to run for Sheriff in 2015. In 2016, he was elected the 18th Sheriff of Flagler County and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2020.

Sheriff Staly holds a master’s degree in justice administration from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rollins College. Sheriff Staly is a graduate of the 177th Session of the FBI National Academy, the 79th Session of the FBI LEEDS Program, and the Southern Police Institute’s 79th Administrative Officer’s Course. He is also a graduate of the 112th Session of the National Sheriff’s Institute (NSI), and Session 2 of NSI’s Jail Administration, making him the first Sheriff in Flagler County to graduate from the NSI.

Sheriff Staly and his wife, Debbie, are members of Flagler Beach United Methodist Church and live in western Flagler County. Sheriff Staly has two grown daughters, Lauren and Diana, and three grandchildren, Aiden, Lexi, and Adalynn.

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Fighting & Reducing Crime

$800,000 worth of deadly drugs seized in Flagler County undercover mission

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office receives grant to fight hate crimes

Fugitive out of Jacksonville wanted for sexual battery caught in Flagler County using Rapid ID

Sheriff’s Community Engagement Unit Trains 3,000th Woman in Self-Defense

Here’s how Flagler deputies keep tabs on known criminals – Undercover group ‘disrupts’ criminals

Hit-and-run driver arrested – victim was a paraplegic employee of Flagler Sheriff

FCSO recovers over $19000 for Flagler Schools in cybertheft

Award Winning Agency & Employees

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for FDOT to Support Motorcycle Safety

NBC News: Florida Responders Rescue Woman and Baby from Sinking Car

Big Cheers for Flagler Sheriff’s Children’s Charities “Shop with a Cop”

Sheriff’s Shop with a Cop Raises Over $35,000 for Christmas Spree, Shattering records

Bold Ladies Select Flagler Sheriff’s Employee Assistance Trust as December Charity

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly recognized with the Law Enforcement Leadership Award at the sixth annual Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities Law Enforcement Luncheon at B-CU

Sheriff Staly Is Honored with Bethune-Cookman’s Law Enforcement Leadership Award

Sheriff Staly Elected Board Chair Of Florida Sheriffs Association

FCSO Deputy Wins Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award

Man receives award from Flagler County Sheriff’s Office after helping fight off shooter

Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly elected chair of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation group

Crista Rainey Is State Association’s Officer of the Year, Capping Near-Sweep for Flagler Sheriff

Sheriff Staly Honored as Golden Eagle by Boy Scouts of America on May 12

Rick Staly Speaks At 2023 Volusia-Flagler Law Enforcement Memorial

2023 Sheriff’s Gala Raises $130,000 for Employee Assistance


Fighting Drugs

In a First in Flagler, Sheriff Goes Civil Route to Evict Repeat Drug Offenders in Mondex

$5.5 million in drugs confiscated during 11-month-long operation, Flagler County sheriff says

Rehabilitating Inmates

Flagler County jail awarded 2023 American Jail Association’s Innovation Award: The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility won the award for the medium-sized facilities division.

Flagler Sheriff Lands $530,000 Federal Grant to Improve Mental Health Among Jail Inmates

Annual Report

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Cover Page of the 2022 Flagler County Sheriff's Office Annual Report featuring photo of the Sheriff's Office building and the Sheriff's seal