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Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil plans to continue fighting crime in new term

Posted at 11:33 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:33:53-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — An overwhelming majority of voters in Leon County re-elected Walt McNeil as Sheriff.

The incumbent sheriff received more than 74 percent of the votes.

In addition to the progress he’s made so far, McNeil says he has several initiatives in mind for his new term, including fighting crime by addressing mental health issues and improving community and law enforcement relations.

“First and foremost I am humbled always by the people of Leon County and their trust and belief in the things we are doing in Leon County Sheriff’s office," said McNeil. "One of the things I want to make sure of is that we in no way ever let the citizens down in our efforts to fight crime. That’s not to say that we’re going to be perfect in what we do but certainly the citizens believe that we are on the right track.”

McNeil is a 40-year law enforcement veteran, sheriff, police chief, secretary of juvenile justice, secretary corrections, FBI Academy Graduate, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and advisor for National Homeland Security.

McNeil was challenged by fellow law enforcement veteran Tommy Mills, who also ran on a platform of reducing crime.