Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar won't seek reelection after his third term ends in 2021.
Loar started with the sheriff's office in 2009. Before that, he spent 20 years with the Florida Highway Patrol.
"As I look back on the accomplishments of our team since 2009, I am especially proud to have successfully led this agency through one of the worst economic downturns in decades and to have been part of some innovative advancements in the criminal justice field. The implementation of Mental Health Court will undoubtedly continue to address some of the major issues facing law enforcement today. The advancement of our accredited status to include our recent Excelsior Award from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation stands to complement our unique quadruple crown accreditation designation. Our state of the art Forensic Services Unit has developed into and been routinely recognized as one of the best crime scene teams in the state. The addition of a Homeland Security Section reinforces our dedication to the local efforts in the war on terrorism. Finally, our status as a premier law enforcement agency is further solidified by the advances in our corrections component to include recognition by the Florida Model Jail Standards and the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission," Sheriff Loar said in a statement.
He said Major Eric Flowers plans to run for sheriff and Loar said he is endorsing him for the position.