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Ed Dean

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Phone: 352-387-8700
Fax: 800-251-9424

230 NE 25th Ave #300
Ocala, Florida 34470

Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1970
  • Michigan, 1980
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Michigan State University, with Honors
    B.A. 1967
  • University of Florida, College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with Honors
    J.D. 1970
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Executive Institute – 1999
  • FBI Academy Executive Program – 2000
  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program entitled “Driving Government Performance” – 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Leo University - 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
Elected Office Held
  • Appointed Sheriff of Marion County, Florida in 1998
  • Elected Sheriff of Marion County, Florida, 2000, 2004 and 2008;
  • Did not seek re-election in 2012
Recognition and Awards
  • Florida Economic Development Person of the Year in 1995.
  • Received Rotarian Service Above Self Award in Marion County in 1996.
  • Received, as Sheriff of Marion County, The Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence in 2008 for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2011.
Work History

Legal career began at the Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen law firm in Sarasota, Florida in 1970. Practiced law in Gainesville, Florida and also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Florida, College of Law from 1972 to 1975. Began business career at Townley Manufacturing Company in Candler, Florida, as Vice President of Operations from 1975 to 1979. Continued business career at the headquarters of Kysor Industrial Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company as Vice President-General Counsel. While at Kysor also served as President of Dexter Lock Company, a Kysor subsidiary with 500 employees. Returned to Ocala in 1983 to serve as President of Townley Manufacturing Company. Returned to the practice of law in Ocala and founded Dean & Dean, P.A. in 1988. Formed with other members of family, Daystar Farms, Inc. in 1992, an Angus cattle operation, and Pro Poly of America, Inc. in 1996, a fire truck component manufacturer. Served as Sheriff of Marion County, Florida, November 1998 to January, 2013. Manager and owner of Daystar Professionals Group, LLC, 2013 to present. Serving as volunteer Interim Executive Director of Marion County Hospital District since June, 2013.

Pro Bono Activities
  • Served as board member of the Ocala-Marion Economic Development Council 1990- 1995.
  • Served as Chairman of EDC in 1994.
  • Served as Chairman of the Marion County Indigent Health Care Council 1991-1996.
  • Served as Marion District Chairman of Boy Scouts of America 1992-1994.
  • Served as Chairman and founding board member of the Marion County Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program - 1993.
  • Served on Capital Campaign Cabinet for Boys & Girls Club of Ocala 1997-1998.
  • Served as Chairman of Community Improvement Council in 1996.
  • Served as board member of the Florida Angus Association from 1991-1999; President 1995-1998.
  • Served as board member and Vice-Chairman of the North Florida Innovation Technology Corp. 1994-1999.
  • Served as Director of the Marion Regional Manufacturer’s Association 1995-1998.
  • Served as Vice-Chairman of the Florida Seedstock Council of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association 1996-1999.
  • Served as Chairman of the Northeast Florida Investigative Support Center in Jacksonville 2002-2008.
  • Served as board member of the Silver River Marine Institute of Ocala 1997-2002.
  • Served as Law Enforcement Chairman of Region 3, Florida Domestic Security Task Force 2003-2004.
  • Served as Walk America Co-Chair of the March of Dimes of Marion County 2002-2003.
  • Served as board member of the United Way of Marion County 2001-2008.
  • Served as board member of the Success by Six of Marion County 2001-2004.
  • Served as the Florida Sheriff’s Association representative and Chairman on the Statewide Self-Inflicted Crimes Task Force 2000.
  • Served as board member of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches 2000-2008.
  • Served as board member of Salvation Army Advisory Board; 1986-2012 (Chairman in 1989).
  • Serves as member of Human Services Council 1999-present.
  • Served as board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center 1999-2012.
  • Served as board member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee 1999-2012.
  • Served as Chaplain of the Florida Sheriff’s Association 2001-2012.
  • Served as Chairman of the Marion County Children’s Alliance 2001-2012.
  • Served on the Steering Committee of the Statewide Cargo Theft Task Force 2002-2012; Chairman 2005-2006.
  • Served as Co-Chairman of the National Cargo Theft Prevention Task Force from 2009-2012.
  • Served as Co-Chairman of the Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force 2004-2012.
  • Served on the Florida Domestic Security Oversight Board 2004-2012.
  • Served as member of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA) Executive Board 2004-2012.
  • Served as Chairman of HIDTA Executive Board - 2007.
  • Served on Ocala/Marion County Community Foundation Board of Directors 2011-2012.
  • Serves as President and Board Member of Voice of the Servant, Inc.
  • Author, Constitutional Law: Limitations of Courts – Martial Jurisdiction, O’Callahan v. Parker, 395 US 258 (1969), University of Florida Law Review, Vol. 22, page 476 (1970).
  • Author of six books, Luctor et Emergo, Angel in Disguise, Servant Governing, The Servant Organization, The Servant Organization for Jesus (co-authored with Dr. Drexel Brunson), and Inspiration for 50 years (co-authored with Bob Morris)