Crawford ends 18 years as sheriff

December 27, 2018

By John Raffel

Osceola County sheriff Jim Crawford ends 18 years in his current position when he officially retires at midnight on Jan. 1, 2019.
Crawford has been in law enforcement for more than 31 years. He worked as a machine operator 23 years prior to joining the sheriff’s department and also had a 10-year stint in the national guard.

His term runs until Dec. 31, 2020, but Crawford decided to retire prior to that. His undersheriff, Justin Halladay, has been appointed to fill out the term.

“Sheriff Crawford has done an incredible job as sheriff over the past 18 years, and it will be impossible to fill his shoes,” Halladay said.

Osceola County Board of Commissioners chairman Larry Emig praised Crawford. The commission has worked with Crawford at various meetings on certain issues.

“He’s been in law enforcement for a long time and I’ve known him from being on the commission,” Emig said. “We’ve always gotten along well with those folks who have had leadership there. We’ve also always had good relationships with the unions that have been associated with the sheriff’s department as well.”

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