Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced he had ordered flags at half-staff to honor the late David Hobbs, Sheriff of Jefferson County in north Florida.
Hobbs, who had cancer, died after being hospitalized Monday. He was 58.
According to a news obituary in the Tallahassee Democrat, he was elected sheriff in 2004 after serving as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy and in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Monticello, the Jefferson County seat, is about 30 miles east of Tallahassee.
Scott ordered the state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Monticello City Hall, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Capitol in Tallahassee from sunrise to sunset this Saturday.
“Ann and I are saddened by the passing of Sheriff Hobbs,” Scott said in a statement. “He dedicated his life to serving our country in the military and the families of Jefferson County as Sheriff.
“We honor his service and all law enforcement officers for risking their lives to keep others safe,” he added. “I have spoken with his wife Brenda to let her know that our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this difficult time.”