Demings elected new head of Florida Sheriffs Association

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is the new president of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

Demings was sworn in Tuesday as head of the association, which provides training and advocacy for Florida's 67 sheriffs and staff. The organization says he is the first black sheriff to preside over the group.

He succeeds Sheriff Sadie Darnell of Alachua County.

Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson was elected the association's vice president; Columbia County Sheriff Mike Hunter was elected secretary and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was elected treasurer.