Media Release-Casino Shooting

     (Bayshine Leary)   On Saturday, January 30, 2021 shortly after 3:00am, deputies responded to a shooting at the “Q-Time 777” casino on East Duval Street near Cider Avenue. The incident resulted in one person being pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation has revealed that Bayshine Leary (42 years of age), had been at…

Stancil Promoted to Sergeant

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Sheriff Hunter promoted Corporal Michael Stancil to the rank of Sergeant. The ceremony was attended by family, friends, and CCSO employees. Sergeant Stancil has served as a shift supervisor at the Columbia County Detention Facility and will remain at the Detention Facility as a Sergeant. Please join us in congratulating…

Sheriff Hunter Sworn in Office

(Sheriff Hunter is sworn in by Circuit Judge Melissa Olin. His wife, Marilyn, holds the Bible)   On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Sheriff Mark Hunter was sworn in during a ceremony held at the school board complex in Lake City. All elected Constitutional officials were sworn in during the ceremony, which was attended by family,…

Sheriff Hunter promotes Cole

On Wednesday December 30, 2020, Sheriff Hunter promoted Detective D’Andra Cole to the rank of Corporal. The ceremony was attended by family and Sheriff’s Office personnel. Corporal Cole began her career at CCSO as a detention officer. While serving at the Detention Facility, she promoted to the rank of Corporal, as well. She then transferred…

Rix Retires

On Wednesday December 23, 2020, a retirement ceremony was held for Corporal Brian Rix. Corporal Rix began his career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a patrol deputy. He has been a detective, and most recently, he has served as a supervisor in the School Resource Division. He retires after 28 years of service.…