Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Emery Gainey as Marion County Sherriff.

Gainey, 57, of Tallahassee, has served as the Director of Law Enforcement Relations, Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs for the Florida Office of the Attorney General since 2007. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and was with the Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years since beginning his law enforcement career as a uniform patrol deputy in 1982. Gainey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and also graduated from the FBI National Academy. He will serve as the as Marion County Interim Sheriff until the election of a new Sheriff in November, at which point he will return to the Attorney General’s Office.

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