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Former Sheriff Emery A. Gainey |  COMPLIANCE OFFICER

During the past 37.5 years, Mr. Gainey has successfully obtained and adapted to progressively highly skilled management positions within public service agencies. Each senior management position has required him to be open-minded, yet analytically driven with a unique ability to work with others from various professions and internal units to complete mission specific tasks in a timely manner.

Mr. Gainey has extensive experience working with chief executive managers, agency heads, legislators, local commissioners and State Cabinet Officials on multiple projects. He is detail-oriented, has exceptional organization and communication skills and a drive to exceed expectations on every assignment.

Sheriff of Marion County, May 2016 – January 2017 (Appointed by Governor Rick Scott)
Sheriff Gainey assumed command of an agency that was in turmoil after the prior incumbent had been removed from office. During his tenure, he successfully reestablished integrity, effective leadership, policy and public confidence within the MCSO, by developing and implementing agency goals and objectives, setting policy and priorities for all aspects of the law enforcement agency, to include Informational Technology services, law enforcement operations, jail operations, financial management, transparent budget preparation and presentations before the county commission, etc. Sheriff Gainey reestablished close and professional collaborative working relationships with the county commissioners, fellow constitutional officers, community leaders, state attorney, and local, state and federal law enforcement leaders to successfully provide professional law enforcement services to all citizens and visitors within Marion County.

Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety: December 2018 (Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis)
From June 2007 to March 2020, Mr. Gainey served at the Florida Attorney General’s Office, holding the most recent position of Chief of Staff and Director of Law Enforcement, Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs. As the Chief of Staff, Mr. Gainey reported directly to the Attorney General and managed non-attorney staff and operations.

While at the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Gainey served as a member of the Senior Executive Leadership Staff. His responsibilities included: develop, maintain and enhance relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement executive leaders; recommend policy development on state and national law enforcement victim services programs; research, analyze and brief the Attorney General and executive management on issues within the law enforcement and intelligence communities; serve as the Attorney General’s Emergency Coordination Officer for the State Emergency Operations Center; managed and supervised the Bureau of Advocacy and Grants Management (that managed more than $400 Million dollars annually in federal and state grants); represented the Attorney General’s Office as a member of the Florida Domestic Security Oversight Committee.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Gainey served at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office from Sept. 1982 to May 2007, where he held the positions of: Colonel – Chief Deputy/Chief of Staff, Captain – Uniform Patrol Division Commander, Lieutenant – Public Information Officer, Human Resources Director, Uniform Patrol Division, Homeland Security Commander, etc.

Mr. Gainey is a Graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, May. 1990 and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA, 188th Session, March 1997. He also has thousands of hours of specialized training in Law Enforcement, leadership and organizational management.

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