About Our Sheriff
Mike enlisted as an E-1 Private in 1978. Over the course of his 31-year Military Police career, he retired an 0-6 Full Colonel.
Mike held the assignment of Provost Marshal, a post similar to sheriff, four times in his career overseeing law enforcement, fire, and emergency service operations.
During his time on Active Duty, Mike earned three bachelors degrees and three masters degrees.
Mike retired from the Army and went to work for the State of Florida. He became the longest-tenured Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, a position he held for nearly five years before resigning to run for sheriff.
During his time in charge of the FDVA, Mike managed a $110 million budget and 1,100 employees. His final act was presenting the State with a $40 million building he obtained from the federal government via a grant.
Mike vowed on the campaign trail to aggressively attack the drug problem. During his first term, he has led the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to several record breaking busts including the largest bust in terms of street value and the largest bust of methamphetamine.
Within the first months of taking office, he created a dedicated traffic unit which has drastically cut down on fatalities and incidents.
On August 11th, 2016, candidate Mike Prendergast said,
"First of all, if you deal drugs in this county after I'm elected sheriff, I'm coming after you."
Hear the clip from that night by clicking play
Behind the Badge
High School Sweethearts
Mike and his wife Naomi got married two months after graduating high school. They will celebrate 44 years this anniversary.
First in Florida
CCSO was the first agency in Florida to respond with a school resource deputy on every public school campus following the Parkland school shooting tragedy.
Mike has experience in both Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee representing agencies in front of elected officials in government.
Tradition of Service
Like his father and grandfather before him, Mike felt a responsibility to serve his country. His son and son-in-law have continued this tradition.
As a sixth-generation Floridian, Mike has always loved the Gators. He earned one of his three masters degrees from UF while on Active Duty.
Though he left the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs to run for sheriff, Mike still holds the title of the agency's longest-serving executive director.