Rumors that Embattled Sheriff May Throw in the Towel Prompts Challenge by Former HCSO Major
HERNANDO – There could be a new Sheriff in town, come 2020, if rumors are true that the embattled Sheriff Al Nienhuis is ready to throw in the towel. A former top-ranking Major with HCSO, and staunch critic of Nienhuis might be ready to take on whoever the Sheriff tips his hat to in the coming months.
Former Major James Terry tells RNRF, “I have been approached by many citizens and community leaders who have encouraged me to run. I have been humbled by their support and am taking it under serious consideration.”
Terry retired in 2017, after 20-years with the Sheriff’s Office and two-years with the Brooksville Police Department.
Terry now oversees operations at the Hernando County Animal Service Shelter.
There are unconfirmed reports that Nienhuis plans to endorse his in-house attorney, Joel Fritton but that has not been confirmed. We asked Nienhuis and Fritton if the rumors were true, but they declined to comment.
Some say Nienhuis plans to hold off on making a formal announcement until the last minute, so that anyone hoping to run against his chosen replacement will have a hard time raising campaign funds to win the election – a common political campaign tactic.
Neinhuis has been at the center of several controversies, including budget discrepancies and even accusations that he intentionally hid $1.3 million in federal inmate revenue. All while accusing the Board of County Commissioners of not respecting law enforcement for questioning his budget increase.
Nienhuis is also under fire for hiding criminal activity that goes on inside the Dawn Center, a local domestic violence shelter. Nienhuis even deployed a Detective to interrogate a battered woman and former occupant of Dawn Center, because she exposed evidence of corruption to the Board of County Commissioners. Follow this link for that disturbing interrogation.
Terry is the only potential candidate to come forward so far and we are still several months away from the start of the 2020 campaign season.
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