Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced his selection Thursday of Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando operations and once a potential candidate for sheriff, to be Orange County’s deputy county administrator of public safety.

The announcement brings in another top aide in Demings new staff, putting Banks in a position that Demings held in the 2000s before he ran for Orange County Sheriff. The position gives him policy oversight for the ORange County Fire Rescue Department and Rescue Department, and makes him the point man with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

His appointment is set for the Dec. 18 Orange County Commission agenda, and Banks would start the position in March.

Banks, an Orlando native, has been at FDLE since 2000 and has served as special agent in charge of the Orlando Regional Operations Center since 2012, supervising state law enforcement in nine Central Florida counties. At the FDLE he’s been in leadership roles for investigations into narcotics, money laundering, violent crime and domestic security. He also served in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

“I am delighted to have the powerhouse talent of public safety on board that Danny Banks brings to Orange County government,”  Demings stated in a news release. “He will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we focus on enhancing public safety to better serve the needs of our growing population in the county.”

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