On February 26, 2007, my life was turned upside down by a series of false allegations made against me by Joyce Gallagher, a secretary assigned to me at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Department of the Jail. FDLE and the sheriff’s office conducted two investigations. On May 8, 2008, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission cleared me of any wrongdoing and my certifications remained intact allowing me to move forward and close a chapter of my life that was a nightmare.
During this period I was unable to look for other employment after a career of 32 plus years because I was still “under investigation” with the pending matter at the commission. Both I and my family have had to endure the repercussions felt from being labeled in the media and the unknowing public. It has been far too long for closure of a simple mistake. The tax collector’s office even said it was no big deal and said no to any late penalties.
When it was discovered after the initial FDLE investigation that my only error was a failure to pay the sales tax on a vehicle I had purchased two years prior (March 2005), I expected some discipline from ACSO for this oversight. Instead, Darnell and her team conducted an internal investigation that produced a report filled with half-truths, misstatements, outright lies and twists as presented by four people. I was summarily told that I would be terminated unless I chose to resign. I was NOT prepared for that.
For my oversight of $342.50, a mistake never intentionally made and quickly corrected when it was brought to my attention, I was labeled corrupt and criminal by this sheriff and her administration. Darnell used these words in print and with the broadcast media specific to me and more generally in programs she has presented throughout this community.
As I reference in my Summary that you can click into next, this episode follows closely the words used by the former Duke Lacrosse coach, Mike Pressler, “It’s Not About the Truth.”
This website IS about the truth.