Liberty Co. Sheriff Nick Finch arrested; FDLE special agent to be interim sheriff

June 4, 2013
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FDLE agents escort Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch from his office to the Liberty County Jail for booking Tuesday afternoon in Bristol. He was charged with official misconduct for removing arrest records. He was released on his own recognizance. JOHNNY EUBANKS PHOTO

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of Liberty County Sheriff Finch, 50, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of official misconduct, a violation of section 838.022, Florida Statutes.

Investigators allege that Finch destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred.

The investigation revealed that a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Liberty County resident on March 8, 2013 for carrying a concealed firearm, a third degree felony. Shortly after the suspect was booked into the Liberty County Jail, Finch allegedly released the suspect and altered or destroyed documents associated with his arrest.

Finch was arrested just after 5 p.m. today and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance.

Finch was elected Liberty County Sheriff in 2012.

The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.

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Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Carl Causey as Interim Sheriff of Liberty County.

Causey, 53, of Gulf Breeze, has been the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Pensacola Region of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since 2010. Previously, ASAC Causey served 11 years with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in patrol and investigations. Causey served as an agent in the Sebring Field Office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from 1993 to 1996, and as an agent in the Pensacola Regional Operations Center from 1996 to 2007. In 2007, he was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor over the Major Crimes Squad. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Troy State University.

Governor Scott said, “I am confident that Carl Causey will serve the families of Liberty County well during this interim term.”

Causey replaces suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, and is appointed for a term beginning June 4, 2013, and ending July 4, 2013.

 

 

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4 Responses to Liberty Co. Sheriff Nick Finch arrested; FDLE special agent to be interim sheriff

  1. A. Nona Maus
    June 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Looks like the only difference between Sheriff Finch and every former Liberty County Sheriff is that, well, Sheriff Finch went and got hisself caught. You can’t break the law and stay in office if you get caught! I reckon Mr. Finch weren’t much for taking advice from the old-timers, especially the ones who stayed in office for what seemed like hundreds of years.

  2. Iggy Dalrymple
    June 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    We don’t need a carpetbagger sheriff. Where can we contribute to Sheriff Finch’s legal defense fund?

  3. Denise
    June 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    No where in all the stories and the arrest warrant I have read, does it note if the man in question arrested had or did not have a Florida Carry permit.Some stories noted that the arresting office stated he saw the pistol in holster on the seat and that was not in question or a problem, so that would seem to be that the man did have a carry permit. No does anything made public state if the officer asked if the man had anything concealed or if the man offered such info. I have read where it can be up to the Sheriff’s discretion to proceed or not depending on the circumstance and individual.. Sounds like witch hunt to me !

  4. Les
    February 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Sheriff Finch is correct and the full authority of the 2nd amendment right to carry either concealed or not concealed. .. It is our sovereign right as a child of God Almighty to protect ourselves at all times. THE CONSTITUTION IS TO PROTECT EACH OF US FROM THE STATE LAWS. IT IS THE PROTECTION OF EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD WHO IS CREATED BY GOD ALMIGHTY FROM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM…THE SHERIFF KNOWS THIS.. THE SHERIFF HAS MORE POWER THEN STATE
    THE SHERIFF IS THE LAW OF THE LAND…CHECK OUT WYOMING SHERIFF NO CALIFORNIA SHERIFFS TAKING MATERS INTO THEIR HANDS AGAINST FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. .. BLESS YOU SHERIFF FINCH FOR STANDING UP FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF OTHERS…NOW FLEX YOUR MUSCLES AND COUNTER THE AUTHORITY THAT REMOVED YOU FROM OFFICE…THEY CANNOT DO IT…

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