From the Field

BOARD SPOTLIGHT: Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly

The Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association is proud to announce the addition of Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly to our Board of Directors.

Sheriff Staly was elected sheriff in 2016 and is no stranger to the law enforcement community, having started his career as a police officer in 1975. He went on to serve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years.

He says he is grateful for the opportunity to serve Florida’s deputies in this way.

 “This association is designed solely to support the unique needs of Florida’s deputy sheriffs and sheriff’s office employees,” Sheriff Staly said. “Since I started my career as a deputy sheriff in Orange County and was promoted through the ranks to undersheriff and later elected sheriff of Flagler County, I think I can provide a unique perspective to help grow and benefit FDSA and its members.”

Sheriff Staly says he also understands what FDSA membership means to his team.

“FDSA was created to provide specific benefits to deputies, sheriff’s office employees and volunteers at a very affordable price that may not be available through the sheriff’s office they work for,” Sheriff Staly said. “This is why I provide FDSA membership to every employee and volunteer at no cost to them.”

Sheriff Staly’s career includes great success in both law enforcement and the private sector.

An entrepreneur, Sheriff Staly started his own security company in 2008 based in Palm Coast, which had grown to 128 employees with annual revenue of $3.5 million. He sold the company to a national security firm in 2012 to return to law enforcement full-time.

Sheriff Staly holds numerous awards and honors, including the Medal of Valor, Purple Heart Medal and Florida Governor’s Medal of Heroism after being shot three times while saving the life of a fellow deputy sheriff.

He serves on the Commission on Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. He is also an active member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Volusia-Flagler Police Chiefs Association, the B.P.O.E. Elks of Palm Coast, and the Flagler County Gun and Archery Club.

Sheriff Staly and his wife, Debbie, have two grown daughters, Lauren and Diana, and three grandchildren, Aiden, Lexi and Adalynn.

FDSA is grateful to have Sheriff Staly as a member of the Board.

“The FDSA is honored that Sheriff Staly is taking time out of his busy schedule to serve our association,” said Keith Dean, FDSA Executive Director. “We look forward to learning from the years of experience and wisdom he brings to the table. He is a great addition to our board.”