Monticello, FL - Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs, 58, died on Monday, Nov. 27, from cancer.
The four-term sheriff was admitted to the hospital on Monday with pneumonia and had an apparent problem associated with his cancer medications, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Sheriff Hobbs was first elected to office in 2004, then re-elected in 2008, 2012, and 2016, according to WCTV.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said:
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Sheriff Hobbs, a devoted lawman and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Sheriff Hobbs dedicated his life to serving the community he loved, and Florida is better because of his service. Our prayers remain with Sheriff Hobbs’ family, friends and Florida’s entire law enforcement community.”
"He was born and raised here, he was always out and about in the community. He truly loved Jefferson County," according to a friend Michael Bentley.
When Sheriff Hobbs was diagnosed with cancer, he began visiting churches to share his story and to encourage others. He was involved with the American Cancer Society, and a representative said that he sometimes used his own money for Jefferson County's relay survivor sponsorship.
In a statement, Texas Governor Rick Scott said:
"Ann and I are saddened by the passing of Sheriff David Hobbs. He dedicated his life to serving our country in the military and the families of Jefferson County as Sheriff. We honor his service and all law enforcement officers for risking their lives to keep others safe. I have spoken with his wife Brenda, to let her know that our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this difficult time.”
Sheriff Hobbs served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1976 to 1982. He also served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 years and eight years as a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office before being elected sheriff.
He is survived by his wife Brenda, his daughter, and other family members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.