Gainey's writ expands


Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

A former Alachua County Sheriff's Office colonel who left in May 2007 to take a job with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office now has been given a second position to fill on McCollum's staff.

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Former Capt. Emery Gainey, 48, is already serving as McCollum's director of law enforcement relations, and now he has been appointed to be the director of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs, as well.

"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 said Friday that although he now has a lot of responsibilities in Tallahassee, he is enjoying his time there.

"It's quite a bit, but the good thing is that most of it relates directly to my years there in Alachua County, dealing with the criminal aspects, but also the victims' side, as well," Gainey said.

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.

Gainey ran against Sadie Darnell for the position of sheriff after Oelrich announced he was leaving, but Gainey lost the election in November 2006.

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.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 352-338-3109 or alice.wallace@gvillesun.com.

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