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New roles for two local lawyers

Two retired Marion County law enforcement officials have entered a new era. On April 5, Mike Rolls was sworn in as Williston’s new police chief. And the same day, former Belleview Police Sgt. Ray Dwyer was sworn in and assumed the role of new Commissioner for Seat 2 of the Town of Belleview.

Rolls served as a deputy in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years and retired as a major in August 2020. The following month Rolls joined the Williston Police Department and began a new career as an officer , eventually reaching the rank of sergeant.

Rolls takes over as chef from another veteran MCSO deputy: Chef Dennis Strow. Three hours after retiring in August 2011, Strow was before Williston City Council and was named leader.

Voted Officer of the Year in 2021, Rolls was the first black major at the MCSO and is Williston’s first black police chief. The last day of Strow is April 22.

Dwyer succeeds Gary Ernst, another former MCSO deputy. Ernst, whose term ends in November, leaves town.

Belleview Town Commissioner Ray Dwyer

Retiring last month after 25 years as a police officer, Dwyer was selected by city commissioners on March 29 to fill Ernst’s vacancy. The former officer plans to stand for election in November.

Ocala Marine deploys to Norway for NATO exercise

Cpl. Kristen Reynolds of Ocala, a 2019 graduate of Forest High School, serves in the US Marine Corps. She is currently deployed to Norway for Exercise Cold Response 2022, according to an email from Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nygaard.

Officer 2, US Marine Corps, Visual Information Officer, COMMSTRAT,

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Nygaard is also from Ocala.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl.  Kristen Reynolds participates in a panel discussion as part of a live-fire training event during Exercise Cold Response 2022 in Bardufoss, Norway, March 26.  Reynolds is an expeditionary firefighting and rescue specialist assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.

Women of the World donates $11,346 to Hospice of Marion County

Women of the World, an On Top of the World philanthropic organization, recently hosted a fashion show and luncheon that raised $11,346 for the Hospice of Marion County, according to a press release from Anna McGonigal, secretary of Women of the World.

Amy Waller, left, president of Women of the World, presents a check for $11,346 to Cindy Moore, director of outreach communities, representing Hospice of Marion County.

The event took place on March 16 at the Circle Square Cultural Center thanks to their sponsor Guided Medicare Solutions, according to the statement. Four hundred women attended the event. Residents of On Top of the World donated 160 raffle baskets.

Women of the World started over 40 years ago with 15 members. The organization is dedicated to supporting charities in Marion County, according to the release. Currently there are over 100 members. The list of supported charities includes Hospice of Marion County, Operation Shoebox, Arnette House, Helping Hands, Domestic

Violence/Abuse Shelter, the local SPCA chapter, Tools for Teachers and Stuff the Bus, according to the statement.

Ocalan chosen to perform with NYO Jazz 2022

Ocala’s Joel Newell is one of 22 young musicians chosen from across the country for NYO Jazz, an intensive summer program that nurtures and showcases the

talents of outstanding young American jazz instrumentalists between the ages of 16 and 19, Carnegie Hall recently announced in a press release.

Marion County Public Safety Recognizes National Public Safety
Carriers Week

The Marion County Board of Commissioners recognized April 10-16 as “National Public Safety Carriers Week” with a proclamation at its April 5 meeting, according to a press release from the County Public Relations Office. Marion.

Members of the Marion County Public Safety Team pose with Marion County Commissioners during the April 5 board meeting.

County Commission and Ocala City Council Issue Proclamations for National Healthcare Decisions Day

The Marion County Board of Commissioners and Ocala City Council issued proclamations April 5 recognizing National Healthcare Decisions Day, according to a Marion County Hospice press release.

“Our organization knows the importance of planning ahead for the unexpected medical crisis and appreciates that the Marion County Board of Commissioners and the Ocala City Council issued proclamations on April 5 recognizing National Dispositions Day. health care,” Hospice of Marion County CEO Rick Bourne said in the statement. .

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