Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge of Orlando Danny Banks, a leading prospective candidate for Orange County sheriff, announced Wednesday he will not be running for that position next year.
Banks said he would be at risk of losing full vestment in the Florida Retirement System by just six months if he chose to run for sheriff next year, and he decided he wanted to stay with his current job in the best interests of his family.
Banks is one of several prospective candidates being discussed to succeed Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who is running for Orange County mayor in 2018.
Others being widely discussed as possible candidates are Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Spike Hopkins, a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who ran against Demings last year.
Technically, there is no imminent vacancy for Orange County sheriff; Demings was just re-elected last year and there are more than three years left in his term. But if Demings stays in the mayor’s race, as expected, he would have to announce by June 8 of next year that he intends to resign the office. That would trigger a primary election for the sheriff’s office on Aug. 28, 2018, and a general election in November.
Banks also would have to announce his resignation next June if he were to run for sheriff.
“My resignation would occur six months shy of my 25-year anniversary of law enforcement service to Central Florida, an important milestone in the Florida Retirement System in which I am invested,” he said in a written statement issued Wednesday. “This has been a well thought-out but tough decision to make; however, I must make career decisions that ensure the wellbeing and financial stability of my family.”
He pledged to continue to serve as special agent in charge of the FDLE Orlando office and expressed his appreciation for the support and respect “many of you have shown me during these last several months. I look forward to continuing those great relationships and continuing to help make Central Florida one of the best places to call home.”