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Bobby McCallum, a veteran of Levy County law enforcement, announced his candidacy for sheriff, citing the need for positive change, fiscal responsibility and more effective leadership in the Sheriff's Office.
"I have been privileged to serve the citizens of Levy County under four different sheriffs. From patrol deputy to chief deputy, I have gained the skills and experience necessary to effectively run the Levy County Sheriff's Office,” McCallum says. "My desire is to bring a more fiscally responsible management style to the office while maintaining a level of law enforcement expected by the great people of Levy County."
McCallum has a proven record of leadership, including numerous commendations and citations, from more than 30 years of law enforcement. Besides serving in the Levy County Sheriff's Office, McCallum also worked in the Florida Highway Patrol and as executive director of the 8th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. McCallum's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Nova University.
"Levy County is at a critical point in which true leadership is needed to meet the needs of people during these tough economic times, while planning for the challenges of tomorrow," McCallum says. "The people of Levy County deserve the best. As Levy County Sheriff, I pledge to use sound, conservative management to ease the burden on taxpayers and to provide the people with honest, effective and efficient law enforcement."
Besides law enforcement experience, McCallum has a vast array of civic experience that makes him both well known to the people of Levy County and a true supporter of our communities. He has served people in the following: Chiefland City Commissioner, president of the Levy County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Campaign, president of the Chiefland Quarterback Club, Chiefland Community Council on Drug Prevention and ont he Levy County Youth Advisory Board. He has coached youth league football, basketball and baseball along with numerous other volunteer efforts on behalf of the citizens and youth of Levy County.
McCallum and his family are members of the First United Methodist Church in Chiefland.
McCallum says, "It is my sincere desire to work for the people of Levy County and to make the best county in the state of Florida even better."