Ethics Complaint Filed in Leon County Sheriff's Race

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Leon County, FL - An ethics complaint in the Leon County sheriffs race has the challenger questioning the incumbents background. Lisa Sprague says that Sheriff Larry Campbell doesnt live up to everytbing hes claiming.

Sprague has filed a complaint about what Sheriff Larry Campbell claims in his military and education background. Sprague says that a retired U.S. army Colonel conducted independent research on Campbell's background because they were concerned by statements the sheriff made publicly about being a platoon seargeant. Their findings show he only achieved the rank of corporal, which is below a sergeant in rank.

"I think it is very important for elected officials, law enforcement elected officials, to be honest and have integrity, and that any law enforcement officer under his or her command would be subject to disciplinary action and/or even termination," Sprague.

Ther sheriff's office said they were not allowed to comment on the ongoing ethics complaint saying:

"Under section 106.25, Florida Statutes, complaints, Commission investigations, investigative reports and other documents relating to an alleged violation of Chapters 104 and 106, Florida Statutes, are confidential until the Commission finds probable cause or no probable cause. The confidentiality provision does not apply to the person filing the complaint. However it does apply to the Respondent (Sheriff Campbell). Therefore the Sheriff cannot offer a response in reference to this or any other alleged violation until the Commission determines that probable cause exists or does not exist."

The sheriff did provide this statement on the campaign through the Sheriff's Office, saying "we continue to run on our record which is a fiscally conservative and publicly accountable sheriff's office working for the people of Leon County."

A previous complaint against Campbell, filed by James Carl Martin, has been dismissed.

This is Sprague's only complaint filed against Campbell.


Leon County, FL - The Leon County Sheriffs race is heating up.
Lisa Sprague, the challenger, has filed an ethics complaint against incumbent Larry Campbell, questioning the Sheriff's record. Lisa Sprague has several documents outlining her ethics complaint against Sheriff Campbell. She says that Campbell has claimed military and educational experience he hasn't earned.

Sprague says that she was approached by a retired U.S. Army Colonel who said that Campbell has claimed he achieved the rank of Platoon Sergeant. The retired Colonel's independent research claims that Campbell only achieved the level of Corporal, which is lower than Sergeant.

The retired Colonel also claims that they cannot confirm that Sheriff Campbell obtained a double major from Florida State in Criminology and Abnormal Psychology, as he claims.

WCTV has reached out to Lisa Sprague and Sheriff Campbell and will bring you more details as they become available.


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