The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that it will continue providing child protective investigations under a one-year contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Legislation passed earlier this year, which returned to DCF the CCSO’s funding for CPI positions, did in no way prohibit the state agency from re-contracting with the Sheriff’s Office for child protective services.
As for ensuing budget years, Sheriff Jeff Dawsy has vowed to work with legislators to restore his agency’s CPI funding back to the Grants to Sheriffs category, in keeping with the funding status shared by the six other sheriffs who currently perform the same function.
The sheriff expressed his gratitude to Governor Rick Scott, DCF Secretary David Wilkins, Senator Mike Fasano, Representative Jimmie Smith and Citrus County’s commissioners for their continued support of his program.
Based on cost, performance and measurable outcomes, the decision was made to keep child protective investigations under the direct supervision of the Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Dawsy, “to continue serving Citrus County’s children and the tax-paying public in this all-important function.”