Rick Staly will be challenging Sheriff Jim Manfre, for whom he served as second in command.
Rick Staly, who recently retired as undersheriff to Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, announced on Sept. 2 that he will be running to replace him. He filed his papers with the Supervisor of Elections and will enter the crowded Republican field of candidates.
That announcement came a day after Gov. Rick Scott awarded him with a Medal of Heroism at a ceremony in St. Augustine. The medal is for saving a deputy's life in 1978, when Staly was also a deputy and was shot as he worked to save his fellow deputy's life.
I asked Staly why the medal was given so long after the event, and he explained that his wife submitted his name and the story months ago, when Staly announced his retirement. "She was hoping it would be presented at my retirement party," Staly said in a phone interview on Sept. 3. But, Scott's office wasn't responsive, and the Stalys assumed it nothing would come of it.
"I had no idea it was coming," Staly said.
Below are adapted versions of the press releases sent out to announce that Staly won the award, as well as the announcement that he is running for sheriff.