Court date is set for lawsuit between Alachua County Sheriff Darnell and a former candidate for sheriff
A court date has been set in the legal fight between Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and a former candidate for sheriff.
A jury trial will be held in federal court on July 7th of next year between Sheriff Darnell and former Alachua County deputy and candidate for county sheriff Zac Zedalis. The lawsuit cites employment discrimination. Zedalis is suing Darnell in her capacity as Alachua County Sheriff, not as a private individual.
Zedalis alleges Sheriff Darnell fired him as retaliation for running against her in 2016.
In July 2015, Zedalis was accused in a domestic incident involving his then-wife, Kathleen, who also worked at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Zac Zedalis never faced any charges in the incident, and a battery charge against his wife was eventually dropped, with former third circuit State Attorney Jeffrey Siegmeister calling her possibility of conviction "highly unlikely." Darnell fired both Zac Zedalis and his then-wife Kathleen in February of 2016.