Jacksonville's First Black Sheriff In More Than A Century Is Latest 'Great Floridian' Awardee

May 10, 2016

There are now 90 people designated as “Great Floridians.” That’s after Governor Rick Scott added another designee Tuesday.

Since he’s been in office, Governor Scott has given out 40 Great Floridian awards. But, he hadn’t given any since the 23 he awarded in 2013.

“The Great Floridian award is given out to men and women who have made significant contributions to the state of Florida,” said Scott, during Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.

And, Scott says Nathaniel Glover, who’s served in law enforcement for more than 50 years, is one of those special individuals.

“In 1995, he became the first African American Sheriff in Jacksonville in over 100 years,” he added. “Before retiring, he diverted his pension benefits, creating a scholarship fund for deserving low-income students in the Jacksonville community.”

After serving as Jacksonville Sheriff for eight years, he’s gone on to be President of Edward Waters College since 2011.

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