(1) A sheriff has exclusive power to appoint a deputy sheriff. However, a person may not be appointed as a deputy sheriff unless the person meets
all qualifications set out in the Florida Statutes.
(2)(a) A person's appointment as a deputy sheriff is not a regular appointment until
the person has satisfactorily completed 12 consecutive months of probation.
(b) A deputy sheriff's promotion to a higher rank within the agency is not a regular
appointment to that rank until the deputy sheriff has satisfactorily completed 6 consecutive
months of probation.
(c) If a deputy sheriff is unable to perform the duties and responsibilities of the
position to which he or she is appointed or promoted due to a nonservice-connected
disability or other justifiable cause, the period of probation may be extended by
the amount of time the deputy sheriff is unable to perform his or her duties.
(3) At any time, the sheriff may terminate, with or without cause, the appointment
or promotion of a deputy sheriff who has not completed probation.
(a) An appointment is terminated upon the receipt by the deputy sheriff of written
notice, signed by the sheriff, advising the deputy sheriff of his or her termination
(b) A promotion is terminated upon the receipt by the deputy sheriff of a written
notice, signed by the sheriff, advising the deputy sheriff of his or her return to
his or her previous regular appointment.
(4) A deputy sheriff who satisfactorily completes probation is considered regularly
appointed to his or her position and is entitled to all the rights and privileges
set forth in this act.
(5) A deputy sheriff covered by ss. 30.071-30.079, other than the undersheriff or chief deputy, who is regularly appointed to his or
her position may not be terminated for lawful off-duty political activity or for a
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