Has served since 2001
Sue Fleming, The Freer Press
Duval County Attorney Ricardo O. "Rocky" Carrillo says he is proud to announce his intention to seek re-election in the Democratic Primary on March 4.
"With the encouragement of family, friends and fellow public officials, I have decided to seek re-election," he said. "I am proud of the accomplishments of the county attorney's office and hope to continue accomplishing improvements."
Carrillo says an important part of the county attorney's office is the prosecution of criminal cases.
"My 25 years experience in criminal law has given me the knowledge and ability to prosecute criminals in order to make sure that victims of crime and their families receive the justice they deserve," he said. "I am proud of the support I have received from area law enforcement and I look forward to continue working with them."
The Duval County Attorney's office is completely computerized with a database extending back to 2000 that has allowed the office to keep better track of cases, and to move the cases in a more efficient manner.
By moving caseloads more efficiently, staff has been able to increase the amount of revenue received through fines and court costs by over 100 percent; from $100,000 to more than $200,000. The increase in fine revenue has allowed the county to reduce the tax burden on the taxpayer, Carrillo said.
Additionally, Carrillo says he also plans to continue to provide services to citizens by aggressively pursuing grants for the county.
"Through grant applications, I have been able to get grants for the repair of county roads, assist victims of crime, assist domestic violence victims and reduce the burden of providing legal representation to the indigent in the county," he said.
Finally, the most important part of the county attorney's office is handling the juvenile docket, the incumbent said.
Carrillo says he looks forward to continue working with the county's juvenile department in the prosecution as well as rehabilitation of the juvenile population.
"Working together with the school districts, city, county and state law enforcement agencies and other county officials, I will continue to represent the victims of Duval County in the most efficient manner possible," he said.
Carrillo has served as county attorney since Jan. 1, 2001.