Undersheriff Rick Staly
Undersheriff Staly has served over 38 years in public safety, beginning his career with the Oviedo Police Department and later the Altamonte Springs Police Department. In 1977 he joined the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando as a deputy sheriff. During his tenure there he served as a patrol corporal, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, watch commander, commander of staff inspections, commander of the Management Services Bureau, Director of Communications, Chief of the Training Division, Colonel of the Administration Division and Undersheriff. As Undersheriff he served as second-in-command of the thirteenth largest sheriff's office in the nation and the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Florida. In 2001 he retired from the Orange County Sheriff's Office but remained a fully sworn reserve deputy sheriff with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. In 2001 he began his private security career and in 2004 was hired by an international developer as the Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President responsible for all corporate investigations and security operations in five states and two countries. In March 2008 he started his own security company, which was sold to a national security company in 2012.
Undersheriff Staly has received numerous awards, including the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart when he was shot three times while saving the life of a deputy sheriff. He is a published author, holds Diplomat status with the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts, and is certified at Level V in Homeland Security. Undersheriff Staly has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College and a Master of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course—the two most prestigious leadership academies for law enforcement executives in the industry.
Undersheriff Staly is active in many community and police organizations and is Past President of Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, Past President of Central Florida Criminal Justice Council, Past President of the Florida Chapter Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, Past National Treasurer of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, and a life member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff's Association. He has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flagler County. He was appointed Undersheriff (second-in-command) of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office in January 2013.