For the third time in nine months, Liberty County has a new sheriff.
Governor Rick Scott announced Wednesday the appointment of Walter Lee “Buddy” Money, Jr. to serve as Liberty County Sheriff on an interim basis.
According to a press release from the Governor’s office, Money, 57, has served as the victim’s advocate with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office since 2008. Previously, Money served with the Coral Gables Police Department from 1983-2005. Money serves on various community boards including the Liberty County Senior Citizens Boards, the Liberty County Children’s Coalition, and the Bristol Youth Academy Community Board.
Governor Scott said, “Buddy is a seasoned and effective law enforcement officer and I am confident that he will serve the families of Liberty County with honor and distinction during this interim term.”
Money temporarily replaces suspended Liberty County Sheriff, Nick Finch, who is due in court today (July 10) for arraignment on charges of official misconduct and falsifying public records.
During an interview Monday, Sheriff Money told The County Record he will “handle everything by the book.”
Money said the biggest obstacle the agency is facing is lack of funds. However, he plans to head to Tallahassee in search of dollars to help his team acquire some necessary training. Money said he will focus on homicide and crime scene investigation, report writing, interrogation and firearm skills.