Former Alachua sheriff candidate gets new state post
Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 4:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 4:43 p.m.
A former Alachua County Sheriff's Office captain who left in May to take a
job with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has now been appointed as
the new director of the Attorney General's Victim Services and Criminal
Former Capt. Emery Gainey is already serving as McCollum's law enforcement
liaison, and will add the victim services job to his responsibilities.
“As a 25-year veteran of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office prior to
joining the Attorney General’s Office, Emery can uniquely identify with
both those investigating crime and those directly affected by it, and I
strongly believe each of these divisions will flourish under his
leadership,” said McCollum in a news release.
Gainey was only a few months shy of his 25-year mark when he left the
Alachua County Sheriff's Office last year, having started as a patrol
deputy there in 1982.
He spent time working in community relations, public information and human
resources during his time at the Sheriff's Office, and he was promoted to
second-in-command as a colonel under former Sheriff Steve Oelrich in 2005.
In 2006, Gainey ran against Sadie Darnell for the position of sheriff
after Oelrich announced he was leaving, but lost that November.
Once Darnell took office, she brought in her own second-in-command, Chief
Deputy David Huckstep, and Gainey was reassigned to oversee special
projects and was demoted to the rank of captain.
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