As He Weighs Leon Co. Sheriff Bid, McNeil Not Ruling Out Return To DOC

Sep 22, 2014

Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil speaking to reporters last week, following a campaign event for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. McNeil is resigning his post. His last day is Sept. 26.
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Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil’s last day is slated for Friday, after handing in his resignation letter over the Summer. While he may be weighing a bid for Leon County Sheriff, he may also be holding out for a return to head the state’s prison system.

McNeil has an extensive law enforcement background, which includes an about 10-year stint as Tallahassee Police Chief. He also was the head of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and was appointed as Florida Department of Corrections Secretary by then Republican Governor Charlie Crist. Now, years later, the Quincy Police Chief is not ruling out a return to the DOC, if the Republican-turned-Democrat gubernatorial candidate Crist asks.

“Well, first you should know, when Charlie Crist reached out to me, I had not applied for a job with Charlie Crist at that time,” said McNeil. “I have no intention right now of applying for a job with Charlie Crist at this time, but I would be remiss and I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that the Governor of the state of Florida asked if I could do something to help the people of Florida, that I would just simply toss that away.”

McNeil has been campaigning across the state for Crist and Democratic candidate for Attorney General George Sheldon, and he says that will continue to be his focus heading into the November general election.

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