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

Governor Rick Scott's office
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet with the latest Great Floridian Awardee: Nat Glover. He was recognized at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.

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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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.