Jax’s new sheriff sets the agenda as the former Democratic opponent prepares for March’s election

Sheriff TK Waters won his election just two weeks ago, and his Democratic opponent Lakesha Burton appears to be eyeing another challenge in March’s general election.

Waters announced his new leadership team Tuesday at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office headquarters and laid out some of his immediate goals as sheriff.

Topping the list: revising JSO’s patrol zones, something Waters said his staff is already hard at work analyzing.


“It will allow us to be closer to the community and handle smaller responsibilities to provide a faster and more efficient service,” said Waters.

Across town, at the Supervisor of Elections’ office, Lakesha Burton, fresh from a midterm election loss, was picking up a package of candidates for the upcoming sheriff’s race in March.

Her campaign informed us that she has not yet officially decided whether she will run.

Waters addressed the possibility of facing Burton during his Tuesday press conference.

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The fight would come just four months after winning his first choice.

“The community spoke loud and clear in elementary school, they spoke loud and clear in general, and we’re letting them speak loud and clear again,” Waters said.

We’ve been pushing Waters on what he hopes to offer voters by March’s election.

“First, we want to reduce the crime rate. We want the violent crime rate, we want it to get that low, and we’re going to work very, very hard at it,” Waters said.

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Sheriff Waters also said he hopes to increase the number of officers on the streets, but hasn’t set an exact number yet.

“I want to let that number dictate what we do. As I said, I know that ISCP has been added. We need 2.5 officers per 1,000 people,” Waters said.

If Burton decides to run and wins in the end, Sheriff Waters’ term would end on July 1, which would limit his tenure to just over seven months.

Waters is technically serving the remainder of the term of former Jacksonville sheriff Mike Williams, who resigned after it was revealed he had violated the city charter by moving out of Duval County.

However, the winner of the March Unitary Race receives a full four-year tenure in office.

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