Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) says farewell and Godspeed to Detective Travis Parsons, who is retiring after over 20 years of dedicated service to our community.

After 20 Years Of Service, Citrus County Detective Travis Parsons Retires

Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) says farewell and Godspeed to Detective Travis Parsons, who is retiring after over 20 years of dedicated service to our community.

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) says farewell and Godspeed to Detective Travis Parsons, who is retiring after over 20 years of dedicated service to our community.

Detective Parsons began his career with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on May 28, 2002, as a Deputy Sheriff.  In October 2005, Deputy Parsons was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Officer In Charge. 

In February 2012, Detective Parsons was transferred to CCSO’s Tactical Impact Unit (TIU), serving as a Deputy from February 2012 until April 2015.  In April 2015, he began his service as a TIU Detective. While working full-time, Detective Parsons earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology at Florida State University.

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Detective Parsons’ dedication to our community throughout his career is evidenced in his work to locate and dismantle in excess of 700 meth labs. He was praised for his efforts by receiving the highest award issued “DETECTIVE OF THE YEAR” for the State of Florida in 2017 by the Florida Narcotics Officers Association for combatting the methamphetamine epidemic. Locally, he received the “Partners with a Heart” award for his outstanding work in methamphetamine eradication.

In 2015, Detective Parsons authored a County Ordinance related to scrap metal that virtually eliminated copper thefts in Citrus County. He has uncovered illicit gambling houses, prostitution rings, marijuana grow houses, cocaine stash houses, and methamphetamine labs. He received specialized training to enter and dismantle clandestine laboratories and is still one of only several “clan lab certified” detectives at the sheriff’s office.

Over the course of his career, Detective Parsons received several professional commendations that include a Humanitarian Service Medal for his service during Hurricane Michael, a Medal of Commendation, multiple Unit Citations for Operation Coin Toss, Certificates of Commendation, Perfect Attendance Awards, and sixteen acknowledgments from various individuals and organizations including the Governor, other agencies, and citizens.

Detective Parsons has been an outstanding and fiercely committed member of our agency during his tenure.

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“Our office wishes Travis the best on his well-deserved retirement,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “His 20-years of commitment and selfless service to our community is a testament to the dedicated professionals that make up the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. May nothing but good health and happiness follow in his many years to come.”

“Please join us in congratulating Detective Parsons on his commitment to excellence in public safety and selfless service to our community for the past two decades. We are thankful for his dedication to our community and wish him the best in retirement!” – Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

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