OCSO to participate in ‘Operation Clear Track’ Sept. 24

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office will participating in Operation Clear Track, the Single Largest Railroad Safety Detail in the U.S. Violators will receive citations or warnings. On Tuesday, Sept. 24 during Rail Safety Week, September 22-28, The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver (the nonprofit rail safety […]

Commission struggles with sheriff’s budget

OKEECHOBEE – At their Aug. 13 budget workshop, the Okeechobee County Commissioners came to a consensus to fund a $19.1 million budget for the sheriff’s office for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The proposed allocation is less than the $20.1 million budget the sheriff requested in July, but more than the OCSO current year’s budget of […]

Okeechobee County boy is deputy for a day

OKEECHOBEE — Once again, our local heroes are making life a little more fun for a young boy in our community by taking time out of their busy schedules to make him feel special. On Monday, Aug. 5, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office made 8-year-old Connor Jackson an honorary deputy for a day. Last month, […]

Special Investigator Rhoden retires

Special Investigator John Lewis Rhoden is retiring after 35 years of service with Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. He was initially hired in 1984. He has enjoyed an incredible career with our agency and leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and valued public service that will be deeply missed. During his 35 years with the agency, […]

OCSO Sergeant Hazellief heads to Quantico

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Hazellief will soon be leaving Okeechobee to attend FBI training at the National Training Academy, but when he was called in to Sheriff Noel E. Stephen’s office back in March, he had no idea what he was in for. They called him into the office, he said, and they […]

County plans jail renovation and expansion

A seven-person community committee will be tasked with ranking the architecture consulting services for the proposed Okeechobee County Jail Renovation and Expansion Project. Each county commissioner will name one primary committee member and one alternate. The sheriff will also serve on the committee and will choose the seventh committee member. According to the staff report […]

Meet the officer: Lt. Jimmy Mills trains K9s

  I started with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office in October 1994 as an auxiliary deputy sheriff. I attended the auxiliary academy and certified as an auxiliary deputy sheriff at the end of 1994 through Indian River Community College. In the beginning of 1995, I started the full-time academy at Indian River Community College. After […]

Coquina rescinds Interlocal Agreement with county: What does this mean to ATV riders on ‘The Prairie’?

OKEECHOBEE — Acting on behalf of the Coquina Water Control District (CWCD), the Owens Law Group sent registered letters Jan. 25, to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, Okeechobee County Administrator and Okeechobee County Attorney informing them of the termination of the Interlocal Agreement entered into by Okeechobee County and CWCD in June of 2017. One […]

Sheriff Stephen is asked to investigate deputy

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel Stephen received an unusual letter from the Owens Law Group this week asking for a formal investigation into the alleged abusive practices of Deputy Bryan Holden toward the land owners in the Viking Estates, also known as the Prairie. The letter states the Owens Law Group was retained by Coquina Water […]