Mark Hunter for sheriff...

Mark Hunter for sheriff...

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James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#2 Aug 27, 2008
The following refers to John Gootee (the sheriff's son)...

Well John... it seems like the whole world is closing in on you and the kingdom. You won't be able to hide behind daddy much longer. Daddy isn't going to keep you from going to jail for DUI anymore! Too many times from Fishheads and Beef's have you and several other deputies, drove drunk and got lucky. FHP will be head hunting for you for sure. You have made a lot of good friends driving tan and black cars, with your smart a**, obnoxious, better-than-thou-attitude. I find it funny to see all these deputies pretend to kiss your a** hoping that you won't tell daddy that you got a little offended because they didn't bow. It is sad to see my fellow proud deputies have to suffer for the sake of a job and their family. A change is needed! Whether it is Hunter or Keen, a change is needed to bring this agency back to reality and up to date.

We have gotten a lot of toys and the cars are definitely a plus but the cars were needed anyway. We can't keep using the old pieces of crap, that look good on the outside, to do the job. The county needs to increase the capital outlay monies from $120,000.00 to much more. 120K only buys four, maybe five cars. We drive more than ever now. Of course, we could get rid of the fluff and not have to buy so many cars so often?

I encourage all the employees of the office to keep their heads up and do the professional job that they and the people expect and deserve, regardless of who is in charge, stabbing them in the back!

Good Luck, and stay safe!

P.S. John, you always were an a**. You prove it regularly now more than ever. You were fired for excessive use of force after several incidents and you shouldn't be a cop again! Your past will always haunt you. Of course you can always drink yourself back into the hospital again if this is too much for you.
James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#3 Aug 27, 2008
John always was an a*s and will always be an a*s. What I was amazed to see was a Union County Sheriff's Office patrol car in his driveway a few weeks ago. I am thinking to myself maybe he just has another room mate that works there? NOPE, I am driving through Union County TODAY and what do you think I see???? Lil' Goat driving said patrol car in Union County wearing a uniform. What a disgrace!!!!! I truely feel sorry for the people of Lake Butler and Union County for having to put up with him. Has Jerry Whitehead lost his mind along with the goat in hiring a person that certainly has anger management problems to go with his alcohol. I hate to see the day that one of the "correctional officer ritch" members of the Union County population dumps him on his head. Will Whitehead protect him as his piece of crap Daddy Sheriff has done? I wonder if he will still use others social security numbers to profit in Columbia County for off-duty work?? I hope that he doesn't end up dragging out a store clerk by the hair in Lake Butler that ends up being married to someone high on the totem pole within the Florida Department of Corrections.
James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#4 Aug 28, 2008
The MASTER List - Almost half MIA

What you find here is a list of over 80 people who have quit, fired, or simply run away from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office since Bill Gootee took power. The only thing I have to say about this is just how thoroughly disgusted I am with Gootee. How could we let this happen?

Keep in mind that the current total staffing at the Sheriff's Office is at approximately 220. That means he's lost approximately half of the total force in only three years!

*Reasons for departure are not fully clear in all cases.

Note that this list continues to grow and is not complete by any means.

Sworn personnel
M. Hunter - Major
A. Hunter - Patrol
C. Brown - Patrol
K. Martin - Detetective
D. Brown - Detective
G. Kimble - Detective
J. McCardle - Detective
S. Lee - Patrol
J. McFarland - Patrol
J. Swisher - Patrol (later returned)
R. Nydam - Detective Lieutenant
D. Braswell - Patrol
J. Joyner - Patrol
R. Metrick - Task Force
J. Ward - Patrol
W. Ross - Patrol
S. Bivins - Patrol
J. Jewett - Patrol
C. Campbell - Patrol
D. Crosby - Patrol
G. Moore - Patrol
J. Lucas - Detective Lieutenant
R. Johnson - Dispatch Lieutenant
M. Williams - Patrol
James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#5 Aug 28, 2008
Non-sworn personnel

C. Ogden - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
V. Carter - Dispatch - Terminated
A. Hollingsworth - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
Y. Ball - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
J. Gross - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
M. Hall - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
C. Collins - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
V. Williams - Records - Resigned under Investigation
T. Simpkins - Records - Resigned under Investigation
J. Robinson - Clerk - Resigned
S. Solis - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
L. Hosleter - Crime Scene - Terminated
T. Hicks - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
D. Sauls - Dispatch - Terminated @ Election
W. Keen - Admin.- Resigned
J. Siegmiester - Admin.- Resigned under Investigation.
D. Lee - Admin.- Termintaed
G. Rooney - Crime Scene Asst.- Terminated
B. Minnich - Dispatch - Resigned
S. Weeks - Dispatch - Terminated
A. Bryant - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
S. Dwyer - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
S. Howard - Dispatch - Resigned for better position
V. Stock - Warrants - Resigned

County Jail

V. Smithey - Jail - Resigned
R. Adler - Corrections - Resigned
C. Allan - Corrections - Resigned
P. Barcia - Corrections - Resigned
A. Biss - Corrections - Resigned
R. Biss - Corrections - Resigned
R. Brott - Corrections - Resigned
D. Burgess - Corrections - Resigned
J. Collins - Classification - Resigned
J. Cook - Corrections - Resigned
T. Craver - Corrections - Resigned
T. Daughtry - Corrections - Resigned
K. Dunmore - Corrections - Resigned
G. Duren - Corrections - Resigned
H. Glover - Medical - Resigned
P. Green - Corrections - Resigned
T. Hester - Corrections - Resigned
A. Hill - Corrections - Resigned
S. Hill - Corrections - Resigned
M. Howard - Corrections - Resigned
J. Jackson - Corrections - Resigned
M. Jerry - Food service - Resigned
D. Jones - Corresctions - Resigned for retirement
S. Riley - Corrections - Resigned
T. Lamonda - Corrections - Resigned
W. Main - Corrections - Resigned
P. McKee - Corrections - Resigned
A. Meeks - Corrections - Resigned under investigation
M. Sexton - Corrections - Resigned
P. Nicely - Corrections - Resigned
S. Patel - Corrections - Resigned
M. Pellicer - Corrections - Resigned
B. Rucker - Corrections - Resigned
F. Brookins - Corrections - Resigned
C. Smith - Corrections - Resigned
C. Smith - Corrections - Resigned
J. Southerland - Corrections - Resigned
A. Tunsil - Corrections - Resigned
R. Worden - Resigned under investigation
R. Yarborough - Corrections - Resigned

Courthouse / Civil Services

James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#6 Aug 28, 2008
Final Threats.

It came to my attention late yesterday that the Son of A Goat (Gootee's son), or as some like to call him the Baby Goat, has taken one last opportunity to make threats against our very own Deputy Sheriffs. This worthless excuse for a human being and complete waste of air embodies all that we despise about Gootee. Indeed, he is an exact replica of Bill Gootee without any polish. He speaks exactly what Bill Gootee will do and does not think twice about what he's saying. In fact, it's our best way to get any truth from any of the Gootee clan.

Baby Goat took the opportunity to tell a sworn and certified Deputy Sheriff that they knew he supported another candidate and that he would be taken care of after the election.

This is what you can and should expect from Gootee. Vindictive and disrespectful to all. What a way to end such a terrible administration. Have your son go out and threaten your very own deputies so they do not feel free to exercise their constitutional rights. At least we can say he hasn't changed in 4 years.

Get the word out and GO VOTENOGOAT!

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Can the PBA and get a "real union" to prevent such BS from ever happening again. Governor, are you reading this? Perhaps it needs to be forwarded to your office? Ok, consider it on its way to Tallahassee then...:)
James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#7 Aug 28, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008 2:15 PM
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To: James Johnston

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Automatic response to your email
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James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#8 Aug 29, 2008
As of September 2007 the Columbia County sheriff earns $111,837 per year...

Lake City, FL

#9 Sep 3, 2008
Hey Buzz is James Johnston your new screen name. You are the biggest loser in Lake City. I guess since you don't and have never had a girlfriend all you do is post stupid crap all day. How pathetic is your life. Why don't you use your real name Julius Busse Carey. I guess your afraid someone might find out about your child porn arrest back in 1989. I suppose if your on your computer our children are safe to play outside. Scum bag..
James Johnston

Lake City, FL

#10 Sep 4, 2008
I'm starting to run out of replies to your foolish attempt at getting a "rise" out of me. Guess what creep, it actually doesn't faze me in the least. You only WISH your criminal record was as clean as mine is. I carry a concealed weapon, can you say the same? The state wouldn't have given me such a permit were I a perverted one that you're trying to claim I am. Oh well, I'd say it was a nice try but I'd by lyin' to ya...

~ Hunter for sheriff ~
Nowhere no run

Lake City, FL

#11 Sep 5, 2008
Cole Brannaka

Lake City, FL

#12 Sep 5, 2008
AWOL that turned into desertion after 30 days passed because my ship (USS Saratoga CV 60) was gone for nine months on a cruise in the Med. That's okay though that "B"ig "C"hicken "D"inner doesn't bother me due to my TWO HONORABLES from the Army. The Army is why I still have my VA benefits.

And anyway my AWOL was in pursuing a Hardship discharge due to having a dying father. He died two months after I left. So my "friend" I say again, you can only wish you had my military or criminal record. I made it to E-5 in the Army. I bet if you're even a vet that you probally were no more than a E-4 or so? Correct? LoL... ;)
George Burton

Lake City, FL

#13 Oct 25, 2008
Go Mark Hunter!

Leads in Raulerson homicide trickle in--
October 24, 2008

Bubba Gump wrote on Oct 24, 2008 7:08 AM:
" How convenient that the filming of the AMW episode will take place AFTER the elections. Just a sad, sad attempt at getting votes. "

BillDecoder wrote on Oct 24, 2008 10:19 AM:
" Prime Time Quality Crime .... now thats something to boast about folks!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for using everything available to catch these animals but I think Bill Gootee is building false hopes for election coverage:
1. "film crews MAY do a dramatization"
(and they may not?)
2. "THE plans are" (not THEIR plans are?)
3. I BELIEVE they are going to be down here SOME TIME AFTER the first or second week in November.(when's that? After the election.. thats when)
So, the PLANS are that Bill BELIEVES that the filming MAY be done at an unknown time in the near or distant future.
Really sounds like no one has made any commitment to do anything at all. "
Buzz Carey

Lake City, FL

#14 Nov 4, 2008
There's a new sheriff in town...


Mark Hunter has pulled it off! The Goat was whipped & "soundly" too.

Mark Hunter 14,933 (54.2%)
Bill Gootee 12,610 (45.7%)
Roger Dodds

United States

#15 Nov 4, 2008
hear hear well said Buzz.
Joe Kannady

Lake City, FL

#16 Nov 8, 2008
Hunter’s watchdog pledge to be tested--
Friday, November 7, 2008

Mark Hunter’s victory in the Columbia County sheriff’s race has shown that voters want improved results from the county’s top law enforcement officer. This victory — in a race that showcased two dedicated men with vastly different views toward law enforcement management — is a mandate for operational change.

Hunter’s task is no easy one. He campaigned on the platform of establishing a proactive sheriff’s department. He indicated he would increase the number of deputies on the road and hold all deputies to a high standard of conduct as they patrol in their respective zones of the county.

This change will be welcomed by many who live in the far-reaching rural areas of the county.

Cracks in the 911 system were a definitive issue in the campaign. Recent problems saw the county commission take over the 911 system and remove it from the sheriff’s department’s oversight, but thousands of dollars were spent in attempted fixes to this system. Residents, now more than ever, will require their sheriff to pinch every penny without sacrificing basic life-saving services.

The days of excessive spending must be over. Hunter has pledged to be an efficient steward of taxpayer dollars. We will hold him to this.

The crime rate in Columbia County has grown in recent years and it is alarming. The new sheriff must step up and work to get this in check. Again, this was one of the positions on which Hunter campaigned. The people have put their trust in him to deliver results.

Mark Hunter was very clear on his views during this campaign. He did not mince words when it came time to discuss his plan or point out what he saw as inefficiencies in the current department. He was clear in his intent to work hard for the people of Columbia County.

Hunter has the support of the electorate in Columbia County. He is enthusiastic and ready to get to work. We wish him well in his endeavors.


The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of .
BuzzC wrote on Nov 7, 2008 8:03 AM:
" Hunter has pledged to be an efficient steward of taxpayer dollars. We will hold him to this.


Oh yeah LCR?
You surely didn't hold Gootee any which way. And all because of his illegal giving you an office of taxpayer paid for free furniture... "
Defeat of Gootee a loss for all of us
Published: Friday, November 7, 2008 6:13 AM EST
To the Editor:
I am sad today with the choice that some of our Columbia County citizens made in their choice for sheriff.
Bill Gootee put his heart and soul into not only his job as sheriff, but into our community.
Mark Hunter is a true politician and I do not mean that in a good way. I attended a festival at the fairgrounds, at which I was still undecided on who to vote for, when I passed by Mark Hunter’s tent, and heard him bad mouthing our current sheriff.
people of columbia

Lake City, FL

#18 Dec 8, 2008
I see the sheriff elect is just like the current sheriff. I've been calling the sheriff elect since before the election and he still hasn't returned my call. I thought he promised change for the better of Colmbia County how will this be better? Will he be here for 4 more years or will he follow in Gootees footsteps there too and be a one term sheriff
glenn osteen jr

Lake City, FL

#19 Jan 6, 2009
today the day for the hunter era to start good luck best wish from my family
please have ATT check the phone lines make sure they work and the people under you can and will pass on message
glenn osteen jr

Lake City, FL

#20 Jan 8, 2009
all i have to say with the prom for mark hunter going in is like the goat is still there.he got our vote. he call you come see you before nov no he is in he cannot or will not talk to the ones that help him no matter how small there help was. all there needs to be is new web site comeing soon

United States

#21 Jan 10, 2009
Nowhere no run wrote:
Nowhere to run is a coward... Why didn't you at least post your name?

United States

#22 Jan 10, 2009
Nowhere to Run is a coward. Couldn't leave their name.

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