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Unexpected Surprise Quells Sheriff’s Budget Concerns – Nicholson Asked to Step Down

BROOKSVILLE – The divide between The Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff Al Nienhuis finally bridged Tuesday, after the BOCC approved Nienhuis’ FY2016 Budget Proposal.

Leading up to the approval, Nienhuis posted two videos asking for the public’s support and questioning the BOCC’s lack of communication over the issue. ( Neinhuis 1 and Nienhuis 2)

Dozens of Sheriff’s Office supporters packed the courthouse during the 9:00 a.m. BOCC meeting as well as the budget meeting held later that evening.

Prepared to go head to head over his proposal, a surprise turn of events quelled projected hostilities between the two. At the onset of the budget meeting, Clerk of the Court Don Barbee stood up and announced that his office would be willing to turn over excess fees (over $700,000)collected by his office to the County’s General Fund, which in turn could be used to supplement the Sheriff’s Office’ budget.  Click here to watch the BOCC 9:00 Regular Meeting. Click here to watch the BOCC Budget Meeting.

After the meeting, Nienhuis told RNRF that he would “take on a lion” for his deputies and that he’s very proud of them for supporting his efforts and “speaking so eloquently during today’s hearing”.

To view the Budget in its entirety, follow this link: FY2016 BUDGET

The other elephant in the room; the FDLE investigation into Chairman Nick Nicholson’s involvement with a local prostitute and her use of crack cocaine led to one commissioners “unpopular” suggestion. ORIGINAL STORY

At the end of the Regular Meeting Tuesday morning, Commissioner Jeff Holcomb asked Chairman Nicholson to step down, stating “I think it’s become a distraction for this Board to do its job…”

Chairman Nicholson responded by saying “Commissioner Dukes and Rowden are already onboard supporting me.” He went on to say “The meetings over and it’s too late for a motion so I think you’re alone Jeff.”

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  • Tiffany glad u corrected that,yes Lincoln was a Republican , however his vice president,Andrew Johnson was a Democrat and he went on to be the 17th president after President was killed by John Wilks Booth. Slavery did not fully end for decades later. In the 1950,s they still had water fountains, rest rooms ,marked colored only.in New York City,and there are probably other cities. There are still old laws on the books in some small cities in the u s a that says that all black people must be out of town,before sundown Of course this was wrong and totally unacceptable and is still wrong. WHEN VOTING should do your research on the person,not the party or the color of their skin. Thank u,have a great weekend.

    Saturday, 26 September 2015, 12:46 pm
  • I messed up up. Cant type very well. Lincoln was a Republican. But no lie most young democrats living on assistace. which is just about all of them would swear different. Ask em. Republicans were againt slavery.

    Friday, 25 September 2015, 11:01 pm
  • Bostonchumps. Cant talk. Can’t spell. I vote straight Republican. You would be surprised how many Democrats think Lincoln was a Republican. Read a book.

    Friday, 25 September 2015, 10:48 pm
  • Jeff Holcomb is the only commisioner that has our community back. Diane Rowden is worthless and cant think for herself. She has no place being on any board. This will deffinately be her last free salary. Get in your stupid car Diane and loose yourself. Nick N. Is just aplain disgrace to any goverment and real men in general. Dukes is a power hungry a****le, and got pissed at Holcomb over Holcomb finding places to cut project monies that weren’t scheduled for 2 yrs still. Dukes didn’t have a chance to backdoor the county and twist this department heads to back his decision to not support the Sheriffs Office under any circumstance. Dukes your a cowardly man with little man syndrome. Commissioner Adkins stance was a disappointment to say the least. Sell your million dollar property and get the hell out of Hernando County. Clerk of the court Don Barbie is a class act and a true honest professional with the county’s best interests in mind. The Sheriff acted professional through the entire circus this board made of this budget yr. What the other 4 commissioners need to remember , Dukes, Rowden, Nick N. Adkins, Is everyone lives in a glass house as big Nick found out. Intelligent individuals you are not, you 4 are a disgrace to Hernando County, and should be unseated. You all should be embarrassed of yourselfs and learn something from Mr. Holcomb.
    Remember GLASS HOUSE!!!!!

    Friday, 25 September 2015, 1:28 am
  • dont break the law and you wont have to pay.Why should us law abiding tax payers have to fully pay for your stay in jail. AWWW poor babies have to pay to stay in jail. its called TOO BAD… As far as westside elementary getting repaired thats what the vote that passed is for. educate yourself next time youre paying to stay in jail DJMANE

    Thursday, 24 September 2015, 6:32 pm
  • Hey, Nick, here’s an idea. When you’re done in politics, which it appears you are, maybe there is a future for you writing escort reviews. That could make you more useful than you are now.

    Thursday, 24 September 2015, 8:07 am
  • And if somebody wanna say they need clean the streets or any of that broken record stuff…they need criminals on the street or they wouldn’t get all this money they desperately need. Even if they could round up all the dealers, users, thieves and every other type of criminal all at once, they wouldn’t. They need to space it out every 5-6 months so the jail empty a lil and they can fill it back up.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 11:14 pm
  • That money should go to the schoolboard not the money wasting sheriffs office. Westside elementary falling apart and bus routes get cut. Sheriff spending $25,000 on a piece of metal that reads tags. Gets paid over $100 per person, per day for every body in jail . Than charges them $50 per day they’re sentenced too even if they don’t serve all the time. Yuh they need all the money they can get. Oh that’s why they call them pigs.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 11:09 pm
    • Dj, If you don!t want to support HCSD then you should move to another county. Their is to much crime in Florida because of drugs @ when druggies need more they will break into your home to buy more. You want to cut the sheriff dept. funds you better sleep with your weapons under your pillow.

      Thursday, 24 September 2015, 10:59 am
  • Yes! Thank you Mr. Holcomb for being the voice if reason here!!

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 11:04 pm
  • This is what they call wagging the dog, AL had problems with the bosses in pasco before they dumped him on us.
    These people seem to forget We Elect them, or NOT

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 9:22 pm
  • Fellow citizens to see what these 4 commissioners have allowed to happen take a walk with me thru the Hernando County Building. 1st on the outside broken sidewalks, mold one rocks, status and many other areas Hand reels needed repainted. Inside washrooms on 1st floor out of order, carpet that needs to be replaced throughout. Elevators that need to be serviced or replaced just to name a few issues. The building is in great need of maintenance and repair. Try and have your water turned own and you live on Brooksville go to the utilities department on 50 and they will send you to Forest Oaks in Spring Hill to get your water turned on. Who’s to blame ? it starts at the top.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 9:18 pm
  • Exactly, It seems when voters do VOTE, they tend to vote down party lines and that is why this county gets stuck with people so NOT able for the position they ran for, (and were voted in) because, the real story behind that is: when people vote down party lines, they have no idea who they are voting for in local elections, they really Don’t pay attention to local elections, so the party of choice is voted in, because of the “R”, or “D” next to there name. I don’t see this changing, unless you get local people interested in local elections, it’s going to happen over and over.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 9:10 pm
    • I never vote down party lines, especially when it comes to local positions. I believe it is my duty to educate myself, as much as possible, with each candidate and vote accordingly to whom I think will do the best job for the “all” of citizens regardless of political party affiliation. If more people did the same, our elected officials may be a better representation of the people and not the party.

      Thursday, 24 September 2015, 2:45 pm
  • He will never step down! We need to vote him out! Joe Swiiley is getting my vote!

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 8:09 pm
  • Boschamps, go back to massivechewshitz

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 6:19 pm
  • The 4 commissiones we are concerned about have they violated the Sunshine law by talking amongst themselves or better put behind the publics backs about what happens with nick
    is that legal

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 5:35 pm
  • A person holding a public office needs to be able to make sound decisions. Supporting prostitution and a drug habit is hardly a sound decision. It borders on criminal behavior as evident by the investigation by FDLE. Not enough evidence to charge him just means he may and probably was careful but still made poor decisions. As a resident of this county, this is embarrassing, and I am saddened that the majority of commissioners can support this. I totally support Commissioner Holcomb. Our next election should prove to be very interesting.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 5:28 pm
    • I agree. I am a new voter to Hernando County; this is my exact point: private behavior shows lack of good decision making; I do not want someone with poor decision making to have a hand in making decisions for the county.

      Thursday, 24 September 2015, 2:41 pm
  • First Nicholson would not return the Sheriffs phone calls, then all this info comes out about him that happened years ago. I think the Sheriff is a little shady.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 5:03 pm
  • Mr. Holcomb has it right Mr.Nicholson is a distraction. Nick, maybe Dukes and Rowden are on board but we the voters are not. We are on board with Jeff. Maybe the FDLE gave you a pass but not the voters of this county.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 4:51 pm
  • If one looks at the whole picture they would fine that all the commissioners with the exception of Jeff Holcomb have under performed their positions as commissioners. As Mr.Trump would say they are just stupid and should never been elected to office. It is time to vote for the person not the party.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 4:25 pm
  • You called a woman never charged with or prosecuted for prostitution “local prostitute” that’s slander and a violation of her rights.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 4:01 pm
  • I love the perverts two supporters…two losers

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:51 pm
  • Nick
    You need to step aside
    you have proved you are incapable of any office seat let alone run a business and grab adkins hand take him with you I think he failed to protect us.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:22 pm
  • @Dan no the FDLE doesn’t like to go after officials or other law enforcement or their families. Only the citizens of this county get dealt with and you’re right we’re the losers.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:21 pm
  • guess that engineer quote you gave us that was 4 times higher than any other quote had to pay for your hookers.and their drug habits,,,, step down nicholson your a disgrace…couldnt engineer this one …

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:16 pm
  • Nicholson and Dukes: Your time in office is coming to an end!

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:14 pm
  • Of course theirs disputes on the budget, its unnecessary this war he wants to have against the community. They’re all corrupt, reason for Barbee to have an excessive amount of fees. Its all bs.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 3:12 pm
  • Inquiring minds may also wonder if Nick wasn’t maybe the victim of a little extortion in this whole thing. Like maybe “Hey, Commissioner, if you don’t do this-and-such, this little thing that has been kept quiet is gonna come out”. Anyone think FDLE might look into that? As I said, there are no winners here, only losers.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 2:51 pm
  • There are no winners in this, only losers, and we, the citizens of this county are the losers. Sure, Nicholson’s private life is his private life, but some kinds of behavior are just hard to keep private, especially when one hangs out with “high profile” people. I suppose Nick has a right to hang out with whomever he chooses, but the people also have the right to think badly of him depending on the friends he picks. It could be an interesting election when his term expires.

    Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 2:38 pm

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