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As Flagler’s Emergency Communications Briefly Falter, Palm Coast and Sheriff Assail County Over Long-Term Plans

| February 5, 2016

The county’s critical emergency radio system briefly failed when a tower lost its back-up power Thursday even as county, city and sheriff’s officials were meeting in the first high-level meeting since 2013 to deal with their differences over modernizing the emergency communications system.

Sheriff Manfre Proposes De-Criminalizing Pot Possession; County Officials and State Attorney Open to Idea

| January 22, 2016

Following in the steps of three Florida counties and some 20 states, Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to replace criminal penalties for small amounts of pot with civil fines. State Attorney R.J. Larizza and county officials are willing to explore the new approach.

Ex-Cop Larry Jones Will Challenge Sheriff Manfre for Democratic Nomination

| January 19, 2016

Larry Jones, who retired from the sheriff’s office in 2014, is the nionth candidate for sheriff in this year’s election, but only the second on the Democratic side.

Forbes Magazine Lands Alec Manfre, a 2007 Graduate of FPC, on Its 30 Under 30 List of Energy Trailblazers

| January 7, 2016

Forbes chose Alec Manfre, CEO of Bractlet, for his company’s innovative ability to yield huge energy savings to massive buildings. Manfre, 26, credits his teachers at FPC for his start.

Billboard Aims to Stoke New Leads Into Suspicious Vanishing in May of George Contos

| January 5, 2016

Foul play is now suspected in the disappearance of Bunnell’s George Contos, 59, in May, as a billboard was unveiled by the sheriff’s office and Crime Stoppers to aid in tracking down his whereabouts.

Sgt. Michael van Buren is Named Flagler County Deputy of the Year for 2nd Time

| December 17, 2015

Sgt. van Buren was cited for saving a 4-year-old child from a locked car in July heat and controlling and averting a suicide-by cop with an armed woman in Palm Coast in September.

Sheriff Dispels Rumors of ISIS Targeting Palm Coast as FDLE Re-Launches See-Say Campaign

| December 11, 2015

The “If you See Something, Say Something” campaign–prompted by renewed but discredited rumors of Palm Coast being in ISIS’ crosshairs–is not, however, license for harassment, bias or vigilantism.

“I’m Against It,” Sheriff Manfre Says of Open-Carry as Bill Picks Up Momentum

| December 11, 2015

Opponents of open-carry, including a number of Florida sheriffs, Flagler County’s Jim Manfre among them, warn that people who openly display guns could get hurt as a result, either by criminals or law enforcement.

Sheriff’s Lost Computer Files Are Recovered, But County Faces a $1.1 Million IT Fix

| December 8, 2015

Some $600,000 was budgeted ahead of the October crash. But $500,000 was not. The county commission will have to find that money. And that’s just for this year as the county and sheriff catch up on neglected information infrastructure.

Sheriff Rethinks Joint IT Operations With County Amid Discord Over Computer Failure

| November 17, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre wants to “transition” from the merger with the county’s IT operations less than two years after he and the county approved it as a signal of cooperation and efficiency.

Sheriff Reveals Breadth of Computer Failure and Safety Lapses, and Sharply Blames County

| November 13, 2015

Sheriff Manfre, in a terse letter to County Administrator Craig Coffey, says the failure was one of several, it jeopardized officer safety and may have wiped out 20 months of critical data, and he asks for answers.

Palm Coast Mayor and Flagler Sheriff Will Marshal Holiday Boat Parade

| November 10, 2015

The 13th annual Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. with the traditional festival of lights on the water to mark the beginning of the winter holidays (assuming you didn’t start your celebration immediately after Labor Day). 

In Muted Appearance at Sheriff’s Opening, Gov. Scott Speaks of Unappreciated Police

| November 3, 2015

Scott, his energy more Carsonesque than usual was as if upstaged by the pride and eagerness of local officials reveling in the new operations center and framing the occasion in touching personal stories.

“Catastrophic Failure” in Sheriff’s Computer System Jeopardizing Records and Stalling Data

| November 3, 2015

Friday afternoon the server that runs the sheriff’s office’s computer assisted dispatching and stores massive amounts of data ran out of space and crashed. It is not expected to be back in full operation any time soon.

Gov. Scott, Back in Flagler for 7th Time, Will Open Sheriff’s New Operations Center Tuesday

| October 29, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott will mark the grand opening of the $5 million Sheriff’s Operations Center in downtown Bunnell, with numerous local elected officials at his side. He last visited Flagler more than a year ago, during a campaign stop.

For Flagler’s NAACP, More Trust Than Fear of Local Police as Body Cams Clip On

| October 28, 2015

Flagler NAACP members were mostly reassured by use-of-force evidence that, according to the Sheriff’s Office, has declined in Palm Coast, thanks in large part to police body cameras.

Sheriff Hires 13 Deputies, Underscoring Turnover of More Than 100 in Three Years

| September 22, 2015

Well over a third of the Flagler Sheriff’s 285 positions have turned over in Jim Manfre’s three-year tenure, while 85 percent of full-timers have less than 15 years’ service–and a third have less than three years.

Speculate No More: Ex-Undersheriff Rick Staly Declares Run Against Ex-Boss Manfre

| September 2, 2015

Staly’s announcement was long expected and similar to his 2004 run for sheriff in Orange County. He joins a crowded field of Republican contenders vying to take on Democrat Manfre.

Whistleblower Suit Against Sheriff Proceeds as Judge Rejects Latest Attempt to Dismiss It

| July 27, 2015

Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger this morning ordered the whistleblower lawsuit to go forward, putting the case on track for trial next year, in the thick of Manfre’s re-election campaign.

In Flagler Sheriff’s Race, It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again As Fleming and Pollinger Join Forces Against Manfre

| July 27, 2015

The flagler sheriff’s race will feature a familiar cast of characters as Don Fleming again will challenge Jim Manfre, this time with ex-candidate John Pollinger at Fleming’s side.

State Ethics Commission Finds Sheriff Manfre in Violation on 3 Counts in 6-1 Vote; He Doubles Down

| July 24, 2015

Meeting in Tallahassee this morning, the Florida Ethics Commission voted 6-1 to find probable cause that Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre violated the state’s ethics laws on three counts. The case now goes to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution.

Taking Harder Line Against Sheriff Manfre, Florida Ethics Commission Finds Probable Violations on 3 Counts

| July 8, 2015

The Florida Ethics Commission last year had rejected a deal that would have had Manfre admitting to one violation, seeking a deeper investigation that has now resulted in a potentially harsher penalty.

Sheriff’s $2.5 Million Budget Request Increase Is Largest in 10 Years, With 5% Raise For Ranks

| June 8, 2015

The increase reflects additional staffing at the new jail, money for 10 new patrol vehicles, a 5 percent across-the-board raise and state-required retirement contributions accounting for the bulk of the increase.

When LOL Means Loss of Life: Flagler Students Rap Texting-and-Driving In Video

| June 5, 2015

A coalition of local agencies initiated by Chiumento Selis Dwyer led to a student video project at Matanzas High School and a 150-second public service announcement video warning of the dangers of texting and driving, which premiered Wednesday.

In Split Decision, Sheriff’s Sergeant Fired 2 Years Ago Ordered Reinstated, With 9 Months’ Back Pay

| May 27, 2015

Sheriff Manfre fired Sgt. Chris Ragazzo 2 years ago for accessing police databases for personal business. An arbitrator today ruled the firing was disproportionate to the offense and did not follow due process.

Crime Down 20% in Two Years, Jail Population Isn’t: Sheriff Strains to Explain Paradox

| April 23, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre touted Flagler County as one of the safest places in Florida and said the fact should be marketed to prospective businesses, but was less clear about the relationship between falling crime and a still-high jail population, or the county’s need for nearly tripling its jail beds.

As Sheriff Defends Cops’ Body Cams, Public Defender Warns Of Untenable New Work Load

| April 8, 2015

Public Defender James Purdy agrees with Sheriff Manfre that cops’ body cams are a valuable addition, but he says neither his nor the state attorney’s office have the manpower required to review the data being generated by the cameras, and the Legislature isntt about to provide more money or attorneys to help.

From One Second To The Next: Sheriff Joins Awareness Campaign Against Distracted Driving

| April 6, 2015

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Flagler Sheriff’s Police Athletic League are promoting awareness about distracted driving in April, which is Distracted Driviong Awareness Month, with a focus on Florida’s Move Over Law.

Ahead of Political Season, Sheriff’s PIO Chief Weber Is Latest on Growing List of Departures

| April 2, 2015

Bob Weber’s departure means that none of the top staff Sheriff Jim Manfre introduced a day before his inauguration will be in the sheriff’s office by the end of April as significant turnover continues.

Undersheriff Rick Staly Resigns,
Fueling Speculation About 2016

| March 17, 2015

The resignation, framed as a retirement, is likely to fuel speculation that Staly–a registered Republican–may be preparing a run for the sheriff’s office in less than two years.

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