Two former deputies are challenging Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson for the Democratic nomination to head the county’s largest law enforcement agency, with much of the discussion focusing on reforms proposed in the wake of nationwide protests against police violence. On Wednesday night, three of the four candidates running for the most powerful law enforcement position in Osceola County talked transparency, change and community engagement during a virtual town hall hosted by the Democrats of St. Fisher suggested improving implicant bias and de-escalation training for officers. But Gibson has secured high-profile endorsements from Orange County Sheriff John Mina and U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee. Gibson did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. I would like to personally thank Attorney General Moody and her staff for showing commitment to the pursuit of justice by taking the time to review this case. “It provides accountability for our deputies and requires transparency for our citizens.”. He said nearly 30 years with the same agency gives him an edge over his opponents. Two former deputies are challenging Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson for the Democratic nomination to head the county’s largest law enforcement agency, with much of … Three Democrat candidates are eyeing the role of Osceola County Sheriff this year as incumbent Russell Gibson seeks re-election against two opponents, Mike Fisher and Marcos Lopez. Fisher also stopped short of joining Lopez in calling for social workers to embed with deputies, saying he questions whether it would be feasible to have one on-call at all hours. Low employee morale, chronic personnel shortages, trouble with retention and high turn-over rates were cited by researchers as areas in need of improvement. Fisher went further, saying he would like to create an “open-source interface” for community crime data. Before retiring in 2016, Fisher was at the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years, rising through the ranks to the rank of captain. Everybody needs to step up and help us stop the spread and these are some things you can do and they’re relatively simple and if we do them now and really buckle down and double down, you know, hopefully when we get to Christmas, we’ll be able to gather again with our families.”. (as said) “Some are closing a building. Fisher also thinks Gibson lacks the management experience and professional leadership needed to improve operations. “If you have doubt or you’re not sure, I would say: ‘Wear a mask. (as said) “There’s science on both sides and you know that,” Reynolds says. “Those are some of the ways we can become more involved in the community in a positive manner, but we’ve got to work through different organizations,” Lopez said. During a news conference on Tuesday, November 17th she answered a question about the push back on mask mandates. Instead, Lopez proposes a more-centralized board of community leaders that would meet periodically to discuss law enforcement matters, including complaints and budget reviews. Both candidates have proposed accountability boards to deal with use-of-force complaints and hear community concerns. The Osceola County sheriff’s race kicked off over a year ago when Mike Fisher and Marcos Lopez filed to run against fellow Democrat and incumbent, Russ Gibson. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office works with other agencies and organizations throughout our community, fostering community partnerships to provide a safe and secure environment in which to live, work, and visit. Fisher retired from the Sheriff’s Office as a captain in 2016 – the same year Gibson was elected. “This isn’t the only thing I’ve ever done in my life,” says Lopez, who served 22 years in the U.S. Navy. September 28th Head Dispatcher Gloria Torres and Administrative Secretary Brenda Hibbing spoke to the Rotary about the roles of telecommunicators in public safety and how the responsibilities have changed over the years.