Lake County

Former longtime Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders dies

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Former longtime Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders has died.

Borders headed the sheriff’s office from 2006 until he retired in 2017.


The sheriff’s office said Borders passed away peacefully Tuesday morning after a recent battle with cancer.

“He touched many lives during his years of service, the impact of which will not soon be forgotten,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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Borders was appointed by then-Gov. Jeb Bush following the sudden, accidental death of Sheriff Chris Daniels in a charity school bus race event. Lake voters later elected Borders to a full term in 2008.

Borders had previously worked as a chief deputy of Criminal Justice Operations with the Lake Sheriff’s Office and he was a long-time major with the Lake County Department of Corrections.

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Borders, a Republican, was raised in Ashland, Kentucky.

“I knew at a young age that serving the public was something that I wanted to do,” Borders said on his previous election website.

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.