Mike Williams

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he supports increased funding for a crime-prevention program called the Jacksonville Journey — even if its success isn’t immediately apparent.

On WJCT’s First Coast Forum Thursday night, Williams said Journey programs are designed to keep kids motivated and busy so they don’t become involved with gangs or drugs.

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee considered funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Williams was on hand to answer council members’ questions.

“We’ve done a lot of work prior to today to prepare you know working with the council and the mayor’s office,” Williams said. “But I think this is the kind of meeting you get when you have a council and a mayor and a sheriff that really do work together every day.”

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Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning at the Times-Union Center.


We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Lenny Curry defeating incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown in Tuesday's runoff election, the results of the sheriff's and City Council races, and more.

You can subscribe to the First Coast Connect podcast in iTunes.  

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City of Jacksonville

Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has been a vocal critic of Mayor Alvin Brown and a supporter of his hand-picked successor Mike Williams in the Jacksonville mayor and sheriff's races.

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Calling himself the most experienced candidate in the race, Republican Mike Williams says the JSO "needs to do more" to reach out to communities in Jacksonville who don't trust or cooperate with the police.

Mike Williams

We speak with Jacksonville sheriff candidate Mike Williams. He will face Ken Jefferson in the May runoff election.

First Coast author Sue Chamblin Frederick joins us to discuss her novel "Grandma Takes a Lover".

And we talk with "M*A*S*H" star Mike Farrell about his career and his role in the Alhambra Theatre's production of "On Golden Pond".

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Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

Taking a veiled swipe at the current Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer leadership, Ken Jefferson says that if he's elected sheriff he won't "govern from behind the desk."

"I want to re-introduce the Police Department back to the community," said Jefferson, the Democratic candidate in the race to replace outgoing Sheriff John Rutherford.  

"What I'm finding out from my walks and talks all over the city is that people basically see 'drive-by cops.' There's no interaction."

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