Issue 28 | October 20, 2023
Sumter County Dedicates Public Safety Center
In Honor of Sheriff Farmer
The Sumter County Board of County Commissioners honored long-time law enforcement professional Sheriff William Farmer by naming the North Public Safety Center in his honor. The naming recognizes Sheriff Farmer's extensive contributions as a public servant to the residents of Sumter County. The official unveiling took place during a ceremony on Friday, October 20 in which the facility is named the Sheriff William “Bill” Farmer Public Safety Center.

A lifelong Sumter County resident, Farmer began his law enforcement career in 1971 as a Sheriff's Deputy and was elected to Sheriff in 1996. During his tenure, he led the department in becoming one the most proactive and progressive law enforcement agencies in the Central Florida region.

Sheriff Farmer attended Saint Leo University where he earned his AA degree in Criminal Justice and his BA degree, Cum Laude, in Criminology. He completed the Executive Development Program with the National Sheriff's Institute, is a Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute graduate and also graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Sheriff Farmer served as the Vice President of the Florida Sheriff's Association 2008-2009, served two terms as President in 2009-2010, and served on the board of directors from 2003-2011 and Chairman of the Board in 2005-2006. He also has served as Chairman on the Board for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches 2012-2013, Member of the Board 2009-2010 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.

"I am humbled and thankful to the Board of County Commissioners for this tribute. I have loved serving Sumter County and its citizens. I am honored to be memorialized in such a meaningful way," Sheriff Farmer said of the dedication.. 

Unusual Waste Amnesty Day Set for Saturday, Nov. 4

The popular “Amnesty Day” home electronic and hazardous waste drop-off will take place Saturday, November 4 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lake Okahumpka Park, 6085 E SR 44, Wildwood. Sumter County residents can drop off the waste free of charge.

Items accepted include automotive fluids and batteries, herbicides, propane tanks up to 25 pounds, cleaners, household electronics (TVs, VCRs, computers, etc.), rechargeable household batteries, latex and oil paints, solvents, pool chemicals among others.

Please DO NOT bring:
1. Biological/infectious waste
2. Explosives
3. Radioactive waste
4. Empty paint cans
5. Tires 

Animal Services Incorporates Play Program to Improve the Life of Dogs
For three days, Sumter County Animal Services employees and volunteers received training on how to better incorporate playtime into the daily lives of the dogs from Dogs Playing for Life.

Dogs Playing for Life works to redefine the meaning and importance of quality of life for all sheltered dogs by improving their experience through playgroups and individualized training. By helping shelters improve the quality of life for their dogs, more dogs will be adopted and fewer will fall through the cracks.

“Bringing fun to their environment helps the dogs,” said Aaron Caldwell, Director of shelter programming, Dogs Playing for Life, who facilitated the three-day training session. “The goal is to reduce fear, frustration and stress with playgroups. The more socialization the dogs get with other dogs and with people, not only does it help their quality of life but also makes them more adoptable.”

Sumter County Assistant Administrator Stephen Kennedy said he was aware of Dogs Playing for Life and the work they were doing, but after seeing a presentation by DPFL’s founder, Aimee Sadler, he was sold in bringing their program to Sumter County.

“Ensuring we focus on the quality of life for our animals is the key to lowering length of stay, improving adoptability, and at the same time ensuring the mental health of our team members; four-legged and others,” said Stephen Kennedy, Sumter County Assistant Administrator.

One of the longest residents at Sumter County Animal Services, Tank, enjoyed the playtime with his fellow mates. Tank is a mixed-breed senior dog looking for a nice home where he can live comfortably for his remaining years. Tank is approximately eight years old.
While he still likes to play some, Tank prefers doing his own thing or relaxing in a wading pool. He is friendly, easy going, and easy to walk. What more can a prospective adopter want? 
There are plenty of dogs and cats at Sumter County Animal Services to adopt or foster, so please visit at 819 CR 529 in Lake Panasoffkee, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.