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Sheriff Says If It’s Up To Him, ‘I Will Be Advocating That We Never Reoccupy
The Operations Center’

| August 21, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly made the startling statement in response to Commission Chairman Greg Hansen saying the decision to reoccupy will be left entirely up to Staly. But Hansen was speaking out of turn.

Sheriff Lashes Into County Administrator Over “Disregard” of Security Protocols in
Operations Center

| August 20, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly is blaming County Administrator Craig Coffey for potentially jeopardizing the sheriff’s crime-fighting by improperly sending cleaning crews through secured areas of the evacuated Operations Center.

Suspect Pulls Gun on Deputy Duenas, Who For 2nd Time in 9 Months Shows Grit and Restraint

| August 17, 2018

Flagler Sheriff’s deputy Jonathon Duenas Wednesday evening was confronted with a man with a gun and immediately disarmed him, the second time in nine months Duenas faced a deadly situation he defused without harm.

CDC Experts Will Examine Sheriff’s Operations Center and Meet With Employees

| August 9, 2018

After three weeks of seeming inaction on the troubled Sheriff’s Operations Center, the county has agreed to a two-day site visit from CDC experts in occupational safety and health issues.

New Back To School Normal For Flagler School Employees: How To Deal With a Mass Killer

| August 7, 2018

The Flagler Auditorium today filled with 1,000 faculty members for “active shooter” or “incident survival” training through a vivid, disquieting presentation by Sheriff’s officials.

Cops Behaving Proudly: Sheriff and Flagler Beach Police Chief Sum Up Solid State of Law Enforcement

| July 26, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly and Flagler Beach Chief Matt Doughney appeared at a chamber breakfast to speak of the state of law enforcement in the county, from diminishing crime rates to improving PR.

Sheriff Staly on Operations Center: “I Will Not Tolerate Blaming Victims of This Building, My Employees”

| July 16, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly delivered a 2,000-word statement on the troubled Operations Center during Monday’s workshop on the matter. The full text is reproduced here.

Price For Sheriff’s New Palm Coast Precinct Property Drops, But Renovation Costs Soar

| July 16, 2018

The county paid $832,500 for the property, $42,500 less than projected, but it will pay $230,000 to renovate, up from the $100,000 initially projected.

Combative Statements and Threats of Litigation Belie Claim of Unity Meeting on Sheriff’s Operations Center

| July 16, 2018

A Flagler County Commission workshop on results of air testing at the Sheriff’s Operations Center was tense and combating as sheriff’s employees questioned the county’s sincerity.

Doubt and Mistrust From Sheriff’s Employees Against County’s ‘All Clear’ on Operations Center

| July 13, 2018

Sheriff’s employees are neither ready nor willing to return to the potentially sick operations center: a report on the building’s air still doesn’t explain why 27 employees developed problems.

Challenge Accepted: Sheriff Staly Takes Up Lip-Sync Challenge With Jailhouse Rock Video

| July 13, 2018

Sheriff Staly gave in and led a team of deputies and others in a lip-synced version of Elvis’s “Jailhouse Rock,” part of a lip-sync challenge sweeping across law enforcement agencies.

Issuing Report, County Says Sheriff’s Building “Deemed Safe To Occupy,” But Sheriff Raises Questions

| July 12, 2018

A much-anticipated report on the air quality of the evacuate Sheriff’s Operations Center concludes that the building has no mold problem but questions remain, not least from the sheriff.

Sheriff’s Deputy Fired For Failing To Stop Car Going Wrong Way, Toward Fatal Crash on I-95

| July 9, 2018

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Robert Finn passed a motorist going the wrong way on an I-95 exit ramp in April, and did not conduct a traffic stop. The motorist was killed moments later in a head-on crash.

Once a Jail Commander, 23-Year Sheriff’s Employee Is Demoted to Deputy Over Chronic Flaws

| June 22, 2018

Tammy Stakes last September was a commander making over $80,000 a year. She was demoted to deputy over a series of supervisory failures and missteps.

Dennis McDonald Files to Run Against Greg Hansen as Sheriff’s Building Fuses Explosive Campaign Issue

| June 20, 2018

Dennis McDonald will challenge County Commissioner Greg Hansen as an independent, with the mess surrounding the Sheriff’s Operations Center leading his decision to run.

Sheriff’s Potentially Sick Building Testing Done in 1 Day, Results Not Expected Until July

| June 18, 2018

An environmental engineer Flagler County government hired to test the Sheriff’s Operations Center gathered some 30 air, soil and other samples in a one-day testing spree at the building.

Sheriff’s Office Completes Evacuation as Length of Nomadic Exile Remains Uncertain

| June 16, 2018

The Flagler Sheriff’s Office completed its relocation to the courthouse and its old administrative building pending analysis of the potentially sick operations center.

Sheriff’s Operations Center Will Evacuate To Courthouse and Old Administration Building

| June 6, 2018

The move out of the troubled building began as testing is scheduled in mid-June, but an environmental engineer cautions against expectations of black-and-white answers.

Ex-Sheriff Jim Manfre on Troubled Operations Center: How We Got Here

| June 5, 2018

Former Sheriff Jim Manfre, who completed his term in 2016, offers his side of the history of the acquisition of and subsequent issues with the potentially sick Sheriff’s Operations Center.

Flagler Sheriff’s Budget For 2018-19 Would Go Up $3.8 Million, Largest In Over a Decade

| June 4, 2018

The surge is driven by another increase in sheriff’s deputies, and would bring the total number of new deputies to 22 in two years. The county commission is not objecting.

More Rehash Than Clarity As Flagler’s Expert Addresses Sheriff’s Possibly Sick Building

| June 4, 2018

County government in a workshop with an engineering expert could not tell the sheriff or his employees how soon there may be answers on reported health issues at the Sheriff’s Operations Center.

In Her Own Words: Flagler Sheriff’s Detective Reveals Anguish and Fears Over Sick
Building in Plea For Urgency

| June 1, 2018

An internal sheriff’s investigation uncovers a three-page letter Detective Annie Conrad wrote Sheriff Rick Staly, urging that employees’ concerns of a potentially sick building be taken seriously.

County’s Reply To Sheriff on Sick Building: We’ll Get Back To You On That

| May 30, 2018

The Flagler County administration in an unsigned statement said the county was hiring an engineer to further study the sheriff’s potentially sick operations center.

Calling It an Unsafe “Albatross,” Sheriff Demands Immediate Relocation Out of Sick Building For Dozens of Employees

| May 29, 2018

Unequivocally referring to the Operations Center as a sick building, Sheriff Rick Staly made the demand for alternate space to County Administrator Craig Coffey, who pushed to buy the old hospital in 2013 and convert it.

Flagler Jail Deputy Who’d Reported to Work Drunk Is Fired Over Obscene Gesture at Bar

| May 29, 2018

Mark Sousa was fired and detention deputy Laura Gadson disciplined for posting an image of Sousa on Instagram flipping the bird at a bar the night his suspension had been revealed.

For Sheriff’s Detective Annie Conrad, Flagler Officer Of the Year, Grim Duty Defined By Compassion

| May 21, 2018

Flagler Sheriff’s Detective Annie Conrad, a 14-year veteran, played a central role in the conviction of Dorothy Singer in the killing of Singer’s husband.

Flagler School Board Unanimously Approves 13 Deputies in Schools, Ending Tiff With Sheriff

| May 15, 2018

The $1.8 million agreement almost splits costs between the sheriff and the school board and doubles the number of deputies in schools in the first post-Parkland massacre contract.

At Flagler Sheriff’s Ceremony For Fallen Officers, Feeling Pain Of ‘Loss Across the Nation’

| May 15, 2018

Fagler County’s five fallen deputies over the years were recognized Monday evening, and the sheriff’s tactical center was renamed after Sheriff Homer Brooks.

Swip-Swappers Get a Safer Trading and Exchange Zone Outside Flagler Sheriff’s Office

| May 9, 2018

To minimize transactions going wrong, the Flagler Sheriff’s Office has set up a safe-trade -e-commerce exchange zone under video surveillance outside its operations center.

Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct Moving Near Island Walk for $1 Million, Ending Nomadic Years

| May 7, 2018

The Flagler Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct will move from City Marketplace to Palm Harbor Way, in the old Wachovia bank building that will be county property.

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