By Tammy Roberts
Associate Managing Editor
BREVARD - In a race that began with six candidates, only three have qualified to contend for the position of Brevard County Sheriff.
Republican candidates Wayne Ivey and Todd Maddox will take on Democratic candidate Adrian Moss-Beasley in the upcoming election.
The seat was up for grabs, following current Sheriff Jack Parker's announcement to not run for reelection when his term ends this coming January.
As of October 2009, the annual salary for Brevard County Sheriff was $148,358.
Basic information about the candidates is as follows:
. Age: 50
. City: Mims
. Years as Brevard resident: 11
. Occupation: Retired as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Resident Agent-In-Charge
. Education: Bachelor of Applied Science degree in supervision and management from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach
. Organizations affiliated with: United Way Steering Committee; American Cancer Society board member; YMCA board member; honorary co-chairman of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk; AMI Kids board member; Central Brevard Humane Society board member; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida board member; KLD Youth Foundation board member; PREVENT! of Brevard board member
. Marital status: married to wife, Susan
. Number of children: four
. In 100 words or less, explain what makes you the best candidate for Brevard County Sheriff: "I am the only Sheriff's candidate with the managing, budgeting and leadership experience to address today's crime issues. I've had the unique opportunity to serve as a corrections deputy, deputy sheriff, homicide and narcotics investigator, special agent with FDLE and FDLE's resident agent-in-charge for Brevard County. I have a proven track record for creating innovate, nationally recognized programs that best use our manpower and fiscal resources. I am deeply engaged in our community, have reliable conservative principles and 31 years of law enforcement experience with a common sense approach and commitment to keep our citizens safe."
. Age: 48
. City: Melbourne Beach
. Years as Brevard resident: 22
. Occupation: Lieutenant with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office
. Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; working toward a Master of Arts/Public Administration degree from Webster University in Melbourne
. Organizations affiliated with: Brevard Schools Foundation's Take Stock in Children Leadership Council; Melbourne Beach Youth Soccer coach; president and coach of the South Beach Basketball Association; former Cub Scouts Den Leader of Pack No. 391 in Melbourne Beach
. Marital status: divorced
. Number of children: three
. In 100 words or less, explain what makes you the best candidate for Brevard County Sheriff: "I first started with the Sheriff's Office in 1990 as a deputy, after graduating from Auburn University. Since then, I have held positions as general crimes agent, homicide agent, patrol sergeant, investigative sergeant, patrol lieutenant, lieutenant of the Special Operations Division, SWAT Team member, hostage negotiator and commander of the Hostage Negotiation Team and the Emergency Response Team. In addition, I was honored to be decorated as the 2002 'Deputy of the Year.' As a lieutenant, I currently hold the highest rank attainable through testing and education, and I am proud to be the only candidate to have achieved this distinction."
. Age: 46
. City: Melbourne
. Years as Brevard resident: 46
. Occupation: Deputy with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office
. Education: Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
. Organizations affiliated with: Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; City of Cocoa Diamond Square Redevelopment Agency
. Marital status: engaged to Debra Carr
. Number of children: two
. In 100 words or less, explain what makes you the best candidate for Brevard County Sheriff: "As the 'people's sheriff," I will keep the citizens of Brevard County safe and fight crime. I'm the only candidate born and raised in Brevard County, graduating from Cocoa High School. Born to a single mother, she involved me in sports to keep me out of trouble. I excelled at football and was awarded a football scholarship to play Division 1 football at West Virginia University. 'Go Mountaineers.' After graduating, I returned to Brevard County. My purpose in life has always been to serve. As the 'people's sheriff,' my passion is protecting the men, women and children of Brevard County."
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