It's time to put a proven law enforcement executive with Sheriff's Office experience back in the Office Of Sheriff 


The MEL EAKLEY Compact With Citrus County

Major Mel Eakley

Is the only candidate for Citrus County Sheriff who is ready to hit the ground running - With 25 years of professional civilian law enforcement experience. Mel Eakley has the solid education and Hands-On experience - Not empty promises and political rhetoric - to lead the Department to a better day by raising expectations, connecting to the community, and increasing efficiency within the ranks of the Agency. Most importantly, Mel Eakley's vision and dedication as Sheriff will make Citrus County a safer place to live, work, visit, and retire.


When elected I will focus on building trust and transparency. My approach is focused on being proactive and preventative. Genuine Meetings will be conducted and centered around citizen concerns and problem identification. Acting on your concerns and not perceived problems will lead to community success. You have my commitments to bring about this change of culture in the organization.


Employee focused leadership would be a paradigm shift for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement employment is a public service calling from clerks to cops. The foundation of a servant leadership style is centered around employee development, recognition and compensation. Employees want to know how much you care long before they care about how much you know.


Technology in law enforcement is about efficiency, accuracy and a reduction in duplicity. From incoming calls,  to emergency response, to latent investigations all require massive amounts of information to be filtered, verified and shared expeditiously with detail. Ridding an agency of information silos and placing important data at the fingertips of the decision makers, is a key to success.


Quality of life focused policing is more than just attempting to arrest your way out of issues like drugs, homelessness and mental health. During the past 3 years, there has been little effort to address and or collaborate with local community partners to assist with these social issues. Arrest do not always determine success. Local jails are not prepared to be mental health receiving facilities and become a revolving door and band-aide for those needing assistance.


H.I.P.E. Policing. The "I" in HIPE is Intelligence Led Policing will lead an organization to operational efficiency and effectiveness. The days of being reactive and waiting to be dispatched to a call for service is outdated and ineffective. Proactive responses to areas of crime trends, patterns and series provides valuable results.

Prolific Offenders are identified by both analysts and law enforcement officers. Focusing on this ongoing criminal activity and their associates ensures those arrested are not one off criminals but those who are preying on our citizens, neighborhoods and communities.


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Paid For By Mel Eakley, Republican For Citrus County Sheriff 2020