Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis has officially announced his intention to run for re-election in the 2020 election.
Sheriff Nienhuis stated, "I have been the Sheriff of Hernando County for well over 8 years. My family and I have been very humbled by the overwhelming public support we’ve received from every corner of the county. I have said from the beginning that, as long as the citizens and members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office were pleased with my service - and expressed their support, I would be honored to run for re-election in 2020. I have listened to them and, with my family, prayerfully considered this decision. We are confident that this is the right decision – to continue on this path of service to the citizens of Hernando County as their Sheriff. My family and I have grown to love Hernando County and we are excited about the opportunities the next term will bring."
My command staff and I have made great strides toward providing even better service than the citizens had been accustomed to, all at a reduced cost to taxpayers. We, in fact, save taxpayers millions and millions every year for law enforcement and detention services (compared to the average county, according to a 2014 study by the Florida Association of Counties). We did this through the use of technology and volunteers. We still, however, have unfinished work in this area. I am looking forward to the next four years, so we can see this vision through to even greater results."
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has always been a well respected agency. That being said, the crime rate in 2018 (unincorporated Hernando County) 2018 was about 40% (yes 40%!!) lower than in 2010. The percentage of those crimes solved/cleared increased by about 48% (yes, almost a 50% increase in clearances!) from 2010 to 2018."
As the economy improves and new construction returns to Hernando County, the agency will be faced with more challenges in the next 5 years than it has in the last decade. I look forward to leading my team during these next five years as we become even more efficient in making Hernando County a place that people want to live, work, play, raise a family and start a business. I hope I can count on your support."