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Columbia Sheriff Mark Hunter new sheriffs’ association leader

Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter has been elected as the new president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, the group announced Friday morning.

Hunter, a 24-year law enforcement veteran and Columbia County native, takes over leadership of the group representing the state’s 67 county sheriffs from Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson.

“The Florida Sheriffs Association could not have a more appropriate leader taking charge,” Adkinson stated in a news release. “Sheriff Hunter will represent the association, his county, his state, his country, and fellow sheriffs well. I am honored to pass the reigns onto and help transition him into the position.”

Also elected were Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as vice president; Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz as secretary; Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight as treasurer; Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum as board chair; and Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis as board vice chair.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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