There’s a new sheriff in town — Lee County Sheriff, Carmine Marceno, took the oath Monday morning at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers.
"[I want] to use this opportunity to make this the greatest and safest county there is," Marceno said. He announced that promise in front of a packed audience consisting of members of the public and several Lee County deputies.
He’s replacing Mike Scott. Scott recommended Marceno for the position, as he recently stepped down half-way through his term to take care of his 90-year-old mother. Scott has been sheriff for the previous 14 years.
Marceno, 45, was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
“I don’t think there is anyone else in the state that’s going to do a better job than Carmine,” Governor Scott said.
Marceno is the 13th sheriff in the 131 years Lee County Sheriff’s Office has been around.
Marceno said he plans to put safety and security high on the priority list. And he also plans to bridge the gap between LCSO and the Latin community.
The new sheriff will oversee 2,000 inmates in Lee County Jail, along with 1,600 police deputies and staff.
Marceno's position will be up for election in 2020.
In the meantime, Marceno has a plan to start his new position successfully.
“Getting into that office, opening the door and smiling,” Marceno said, “and moving full speed ahead.”