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

Justice Programs.

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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