Residency issue looms for Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams
Sheriff Mike Williams.

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Nassau nightmare could shake up sheriff's second term.

Jacksonville’s Sheriff, born and raised in Jacksonville, no longer lives in the city, which presents a serious problem according to one interpretation of the city Charter.

Republican Mike Williams now resides in Nassau County, having sold his Duval property, as first reported Friday by The Tributary.

After that, the Sheriff confirmed his change in domicile to Action News Jax, First Coast News, and News4Jax.

“Currently, I do not live in Jacksonville and plan to stay outside of Jacksonville in Nassau County when I retire,” Williams said to First Coast News.

The charter says that if “the Sheriff should die, resign, or remove his residence from Duval County during his term of office, or be removed from office, the office of sheriff shall become vacant.”

City Council President Sam Newby seeks an opinion by Wednesday from General Counsel Jason Teal on whether Williams effectively vacated the office when his household vacated Duval County.

“I had no idea. I was really surprised. I personally think that he should live in Jacksonville,” Newby told First Coast News.

On Monday, Mayor Lenny Curry offered a defense of the “engaged” Sheriff, not addressing the Sheriff’s seeming noncompliance with the charter provision.

“He is always engaged, present, and cares deeply about this community,” Curry tweeted.

A 2018 ruling by the Secretary of State’s Office in the case of Jefferson County’s Mac McNeil, an appointee who lived outside the county, contended that it was sufficient that McNeil be the resident of another county (Leon) if he wanted to run for Sheriff in Jefferson County. However, that ruling did not go against a charter provision expressing the county’s will on local residency.

Sheriff Williams backs Chief T.K. Waters to replace him in the 2023 election, something that could be moved up should Williams vacate the office. The First Election could coincide with the August Primary, while the runoff or General Election could be in November.

Williams is term-limited. He got over 60% of the vote in his 2019 re-election.

Gov. Ron DeSantis could appoint an interim Sheriff until an election is held.

Political opponents are piqued, meanwhile.

“As violent crime increases every day, our Sheriff secretly sold his Oceanway home a year ago and moved to Nassau County. Leaving his former city unprotected as he continues to collect his $181K salary,” asserted Duval Democratic Chair Daniel Henry.

“The charter is clear. Duval’s elected Sheriff must live within the county boundaries — full stop. Any argument otherwise plainly violates the charter and is ripe for a legal challenge. In anticipation of the General Counsel’s binding opinion affirming the vacancy, we look forward to the City Council promptly calling an August Special Election.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • Frankie M.

    May 30, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Worst case scenario sheriff mw takes an early retirement and his hand picked successor gets the interim tag placed on him for a year while gaining name recognition til the real election next spring. Maybe that was the end game all along.

    • Nancy

      May 30, 2022 at 6:17 pm

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  • Mike

    May 30, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    It’s time for him to go. He ignored hundreds of people in ICARE for.a year regarding civil citations until we came knocking at his office. He should resign.

    • Frankie M.

      May 30, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      He doesn’t seem particularly interested in the job itself…just the title and pay. I don’t think leaving a year early will bother him too much.

  • Weak Sheriff

    May 30, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    He is weak, gave into black lives matter in summer of 2020.. Should have arrested all of them. We need Mat Nemeth as sheriff

    • Frankie M.

      May 30, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      Maybe they can find somebody in white robes to replace him?

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