There’s a new sheriff in town for the first time in 14 years after Gov. Rick Scott appointed Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno to the position on Friday.
Marceno will replace Mike Scott, who was midway through his fourth term as Lee County Sheriff. Scott cited growing family obligations that had become priorities as part of the reason for his departure. Due to the timing of current sheriff’s retirement a new election will not be required, and Marceno will be allowed to serve out the remainder of Scott’s current term before, if he chooses to, running for the office in 2020.
“I am beyond excited to start my role as Sheriff,” Marceno said in a statement. “I take this appointment very seriously and look forward to giving my all by serving the people of Lee County.”
While announcing his retirement on Sept. 10, his last day is Monday, Mike Scott praised Marenco, who has become the face of the law enforcement agency over the last few years.
“I have great faith in Undersheriff Carmine Marceno and full trust that the team in place will continue to work hard day and night to keep Lee County a safe place to live, work and play,” Scott said.
Gov. Scott echoed that confidence during his announcement of Marceno’s appointment.
“Sheriff Mike Scott has been dedicated to serving the people of Lee County for the past 30 years,” Gov. Scott said. “We are grateful for his service to his community and to Florida. Today, I am proud to appoint Carmine Marceno Jr. as Sheriff of Lee County. With Undersheriff Marceno having nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and having worked closely with Sheriff Scott, I am confident that he will work every day to protect and serve Lee County.”
Marceno, 46, has been serving with the LCSO since 2013 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He will be officially appointed to the position on Sept. 25.
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