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Sheriff Mike Prendergast (R)

County Details

  • County Seat: Inverness
  • Population: 153,843


Master of Strategic Studies degree, U.S. Army War College; Master of Public Administration degree, Troy State University; Congressional Fellowship, American Political Science Assoc. & Johns Hopkins University; MA degree, University of Florida; BA degree, Jacksonville State University, BS Degree, Campbell University; BS degree, University of the State of New York.


U.S. Army, global; military policeman, rose through the ranks from private to colonel, including four tours of duty as a provost marshal and multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan; retired as colonel of military police, 1978-2009.


Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, executive director; Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Florida; elected Sheriff of Citrus County, 2016; re-elected 2020.

Honors and Affiliations

Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for Service in the Armed Forces of the United States; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze OLCs; Military Police Order of the Marechaussee (in Silver); many other military commendations; Knights of Columbus; The American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; National Sheriffs’ Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; National Rifle Association.

Quote from Your Sheriff

“Each day, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is raising the bar in public safety to ensure Citrus County is the safest community in Florida.”
~ Sheriff Mike Prendergast