Sheriff Sadie Darnell To Speak on Mental Health Issues of Prisoners in Alachua County
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell (pictured left) will speak about the mental health issues of prisoners in Alachua County at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the College of Education’s Terrace Room in Norman Hall as part of the University of Florida Counselors for Social Justice’s Community Speaker Series. It will be a brownbag dinner meeting so bring your dinner. Sheriff Darnell was sworn in as the first female sheriff of Alachua County on Nov. 14, 2006. She is a 30-year veteran of the Gainesville Police Department, having been promoted through the ranks to Police Captain, before retiring and ultimately returning as the agency’s Community Relations Coordinator working with special needs citizens and victims. Sheriff Darnell earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Fe Community College. Her community involvement includes being the past president of the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women, Board of Trustees of Peaceful Paths, volunteer for Interfaith Hospitality Network for homeless families, Leadership Gainesville XXII, board member of The Preserve, transitional housing for homeless boys, board member of the Coalition for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Alachua County Humane Society and advocate for crime victims.