Former Sheriff's Candidate Sues Sheriff Sadie Darnell

Published: Jul. 19, 2017 at 11:56 PM EDT
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The battle between a North Central Florida sheriff and and a former sheriff's candidate will now enter a new arena. This time in a federal courtroom in Gainesville.

Former Alachua County Sheriff candidate Zac Zedalis is suing Sheriff Sadie Darnell in both her capacity as sheriff and a private individual.

The lawsuit citing employment discrimination was filed in the office of US District Judge Mark Walker.

Zedalis claims in ten years his job evaluations had been classified as "Superior," but after he ran against Darnell in the 2016 race, she retaliated against him.

In July 2015, Zedalis was accused in a domestic incident involving his then wife, Kathleen, who also worked at ASO.

Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister chose not to prosecute the case, but Darnell fired both of the Zedalis's in February, 2016.

In the 18-page lawsuit, Zedalis cites two other ASO employees who had been charged with criminal offenses, but kept their jobs.

Zedalis also says Darnell called the Williston police chief to get his ex-wife a job while at the same time made sure he was not hired by the FDLE.

Both Zedalis and Darnell are being represented by law firms in Tallahassee.

Zedalis wants a trial by jury.

He seeks in excess of 75 thousand dollars in compensation and his job back.