After beating out five other candidates in the hotly contested Republican primary, Rick Staly was elected Flagler County Sheriff in the general election.
Staly earned 53 percent of the votes with his opponents Larry Jones and Thomas Dougherty earning 38 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
This race marks Staly's second time running for sheriff, but first time winning. In 2004, when Staly was an undersheriff in Orange County, he ran against Kevin Beary, the sheriff he was serving under at the time.
Staly also ran against his former boss, Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, in this election but Manfre lost to Jones in the Democratic primary.
Manfre was fined $6,200 for ethics violations for using a county credit card to buy personal items, using an agency vehicle to travel out of state and for inappropriately accepting a gift by staying in Staly's cabin during a trip to Tennessee. Manfre told the Palm Coast Observer that he believes Staly, his former undersheriff, set him up for an ethics violation by encouraging him to accept the gift.
As sheriff, Staly plans to focus on quality of life issues such as traffic issues, domestic violence, drug dealing and gang activity.
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