Flags to lower in honor of late commissioner

Both the American and Florida flag will fly at half-staff in front of the Levy County Courthouse, Williston City Hall and the state Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday in honor of Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner, who died Aug. 4.

“Commissioner Joyner would, at the drop of a hat, offer his assistance with anything from answering phone calls from the public, to grabbing a chainsaw and cutting trees out of roadways,” Levy County said in a Facebook post. “His life as a dedicated professional in his service to the public is a shining example of what a true public servant is and what we all should strive to be.”

Former Gov. Rick Scott appointed Joyner to the commission in 2010. Before that, the district 3 commissioner had served in law enforcement for 32 years, bringing down multiple drug rings.

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Joyner was a lifetime member of the Florida Intelligence Unit (FIU) and went undercover seven times in state prisons.

In 1986, he headed an 18-month undercover operation in Citrus County that resulted in 72 arrests with a 100 percent conviction rate.

He retired from law enforcement in 2005, and the FIU honored him by establishing the Mike Joyner Officer of the Year Award in 2017 to recognize officers that commit an “exceptional act or service.”

“He was taken from us too soon, but we must remember the lessons that we learned from him and continue his example of public service, pride in work, and dedication to our fellow human,” the Levy County Facebook post said. “Even though he has left us, he will never be forgotten and his message of hard work and public dedication will be continued.”

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