Mike Prendergast Leaves FDVA to Run for Citrus County Sheriff
Mike Prendergast announced he was stepping down as executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) to run for Citrus County sheriff.
Prendergast highlighted his Army service, in which he rose to the rank of colonel, on Tuesday as he left FDVA.
“My life has been dedicated to service at many levels, including to our state and country. I believe the best way I can continue to serve is by seeking the position of Sheriff of Citrus County,” said Prendergast. “I began my military career as a Military Policeman, and it would be an honor to bring my extensive law enforcement background to a county that is home to so many brave military veterans and other outstanding citizens.”
Prendergast had been Gov. Rick Scott’s first chief of staff after an unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., in 2010. There had been speculation that Prendergast would seek a rematch with Castor this year.
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