FLAGLER COUNTY – Hundreds of people gathered July 10 as the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office celebrated its 100th Anniversary.
Sheriff Rick Staly dressed for the occasion, wearing boots and a western style hat commonly worn in 1917 through the ‘90s.
Family members from eight of the past 17 sheriffs were in attendance, as well as the 12th, 15th and the 16th Sheriffs. Dan Bennett served as sheriff from 1981-1983. Jim Manfre from 2001-2004 and again 2005-2012. Donald Fleming served as sheriff from 2005-2012.
Staly honored the previous sheriffs and their families by gifting them a Commemorative FCSO Centennial badge – similar to the same badges all Sheriff’s deputies are wearing for this Centennial year. Flagler County Commissioners were in attendance and received commemorative badges as well.
Staly also gave each prior sheriff and members of their families Centennial challenge coins. Everyone in attendance received an FCSO Centennial lapel pin.
“This may be a 100-year old agency, but it is an active, modern and proud agency. Our strength comes from the diversity of our employees and the community we serve. Our mission over the past 100 years has been to protect this community and keep our residents and visitors safe. Today, we have laid the foundation for our next 100 years of service,” Staly said. “May God continue to watch over and protect our deputies as we continue to serve you in the days, years and decades to come.”