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Walton County Sheriff Talks New Florida Sheriffs Role, Goals Moving Forward

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Florida Sheriffs Association
Florida Sheriffs Association President and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings as well as FSA Vice President: Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson are among the group's newest leadership.

Walton County’s Sheriff says he can’t wait to start working on some new initiatives of the new Florida Sheriffs Association’s President. Mike Adkinson is now that group’s Vice President.

Walton County Sheriff Adkinson says he’s on board with Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings ideas—which he describes as forward thinking. That includes making use of integrated communication systems that will allow people to quickly reach out to the Sheriff’s office.

“Let me give you an example of something he [Demings] didn’t say, but he was certainly alluding to this type of concept. Why is it that a citizen may be in an area that’s economically challenged? Why shouldn’t they be able to reach out to their Sheriff’s office at 3 a.m. by means of an Iphone and file a report, when maybe they don’t want a deputy at their house at that time when they want to ask a question? Why not a virtual deputy?”

Adkinson says he greatly admires Demings and calls him a personal friend. And, Adkinson can’t wait to work towards their common goals for the Florida Sheriffs. That includes making use of more technology, like body cameras, and continuing to maintain the independence of the Sheriff’s office.

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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.