Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair appointed to Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force

Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair appointed to Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force

Marion County — On Wednesday, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced that Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Northeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF). According to MCSO, Sheriff Blair will be on the Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Council and would oversee the RDSTF Region 3 Jacksonville Division. […]

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Mayor Kent Guinn retains his seat, Councilman John McLeod loses

Ocala, Florida — Mayor Kent Guinn was re-elected Tuesday night, making this his third term as Ocala mayor. According to records, Guinn received nearly 65 percent of the votes, beating his opponent, William Gilchrist. Councilman John McLeod, who was a huge supporter of destroying Red Oak and Ocala Stud horse farms, also known as the […]

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Alleged ethics violation allegations against city councilman John M. McLeod

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post is currently investing city councilman John M. McLeod, after receiving information that suggests he failed to list all real property on his Statement of Financial Interests’ forms. The disclosure of all real property as an elected official is state law. The submitted complaint against McLeod reads: Please accept this complaint against John […]

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

MCFR fire chief candidate accused of harassment against women and lack of higher education

Ocala, Florida — On August 26, acting County Administrator Mounir Bouyounes selected Deputy Fire Chief Paul Nevels as the candidate to become the next Marion County Fire Chief. Bouyounes will present his selection to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 1. According to Marion County Public Information […]

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

To the Editor: Citizens & commissioners show little support for public safety

Ocala, Florida — It was a little disheartening to see all the Marion County citizens rally for the Confederate flag recently.  Not that they shouldn’t be allowed to show their enthusiastic support for whatever cause they deem worthy, but the fact that they then show such little support for the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department […]

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

Commissioners look toward sales tax increase for public safety

[Last updated on July 28, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Marion County Commissioners unanimously agreed last Tuesday to schedule a workshop to discuss placing a one cent sales tax increase on the ballot in March 2016, amid long standing budget woes. The issue, brought forth by Marion County Commissioner David Moore, would divide […]

Labor leaders dislike county contract for firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs

Labor leaders dislike county contract for firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs

  Ocala, Florida — On July 10, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners offered a contract to firefighters and paramedics that provided wage increases of $2 per hour for paramedics and $1 per hour for EMTs. According to the county’s Facebook page, the offer comes with a price tag of approximately $3.1 million. However, labor […]

Protesters say Confederate flag at Marion County complex “fell” down

Protesters say Confederate flag at Marion County complex “fell” down

[Last updated on July 11, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Saturday, an Ocala man who was at the anti-Confederate flag protest at the McPherson Governmental Complex, removed the flagpole with the Confederate flag. Protesters said “it just fell.” However, Confederate flag supporters are not “buying” the story that it “fell.” Witnesses said that […]

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

Firefighter exodus continues with stalled negotiations; county may reduce requirements for Fire Chief

[Last updated on July 8, 2015, at 9:37 p.m. to include a statement from the county.] Ocala, Florida  — Marion County firefighters are still waiting to hear back from county officials on their contract as the exodus of firefighters and paramedics continues. Last week, a 10-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted to Lieutenant, a 6-year Firefighter Paramedic promoted […]

Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar could be forced to close the doors to his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), following the suspension of the group’s Medicare reimbursements in March. In January, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Florida Association of Counties provided misleading data for MCFR and EMS

Ocala, Florida — A report recently issued by the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), claimed that Marion County is among the top Florida counties when it comes to funding fire rescue and emergency medical services. The findings were released on June 3 as an alleged compilation of fire control and EMS expenditures and rankings for […]

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief announces retirement

Ocala, Florida — First on Ocala Post — Marion County Fire Rescue fire chief M. Stuart McElhaney announced today that he is retiring after 21-years of service. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our crews, citizens staff, and county leadership in both of my roles as fire chief and assistant county administrator,” McElhaney said. “I […]

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Big win for citizens: Staffing back at fire station 21, but not out of woods yet

Marion County — Staffing levels at Marion County Fire Rescue station 21 are to return to normal on May 16 after citizens from On Top of the World and the surrounding areas made phone calls, sent emails, and went to county commission meetings to raise concerns over the reduction of services. In March, due to staffing […]

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

Re-organization of county administration derailed, for now

[Last updated on May 6, 2015, at 11:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Tuesday, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners would not support a motion to move forward with the re-organization of the county’s administration. Many believe the Board’s decision was because the community came together and demanded change after Ocala Post published an […]

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

Firefighters, EMTs, and residents get a slap in the face; you won’t believe why

[Last updated on May 5, 2015, at 4:10 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — This coming Tuesday, May 5, Marion County commissioners will vote to approve a complete re-organization of county management, which includes appointing a fire chief without an application process or a review of qualifications. County Administrator Bill Kauffman proposed the re-organization. This re-organization is […]