Inverness, FL–The Suncoast Standard has received several tips stating that Citrus County Undersheriff, Buddy Grant, has been placed on administrative leave. Unnamed sources have shared with the Suncoast Standard that a complaint against Undersheriff Grant has surfaced and that Citrus County Sheriff, Mike Prendergast, has requested the assistance of another nearby law enforcement agency to conduct an independent Internal Affairs investigation.
We have requested information, via e-mail, from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office about this development and are still awaiting a reply.
We have requested information, via e-mail, from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office about this development and received the following statement:
“At the request of Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast, Sheriff Nocco provided a resource to conduct a fact-finding inquiry concerning the Undersheriff of the CCSO.
A Pasco Sheriff’s Office captain will look into the anonymous complaint and provide Sheriff Prendergast with his findings. We are pleased to be able to provide this resource to the CCSO to provide them with a fair and unbiased report.
We have the utmost respect for Sheriff Prendergast and the CCSO and, as always, we will handle this issue professionally.”
Sources have also informed the Standard that there was an emergency CCSO command staff meeting held today at the Citrus County Emergency Operations Center and that a department-wide e-mail was sent out about this development by Sheriff Prendergast and his command staff.
The Suncoast Standard will be sending a public records request on Wednesday morning to the Citrus County Sheriff’s office requesting a copy of that departmental e-mail. Please check back with the Standard for additional details as this story develops further.
Suncoast Standard (c) May 23, 2017 at 9:32 PM
Submitted by: Lou Newman, CEO/Publisher, and Dawn Jaglowski, Investigative Reporter