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Deputy Jeff Merry recognized for his efforts in educating citizens on how to better protect themselves against scams.
Helping the citizens of Sun City isn't just a job but a calling for Deputy Jeff Merry. According to the Sun City Area Chamber of Commerce, it's one he answers so well, that they named him their "2017 Community Leader of the Year."
The Chamber of Commerce held its 7th Annual Awards dinner on January 12 where they presented Merry, a veteran Community Resource Deputy at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, their prestigious award for his dedication to their community. Deputy Merry was recognized for his efforts in educating seniors and Sun City Center residents on how to better protect themselves against fraud. He holds classes monthly on identity theft, phishing scams, IRS Tax fraud, etc. When class is over, it doesn't just end there. He is accessible to their community at practically all hours of the day even for the most minor issue. After receiving the award, Deputy Merry said, "It was a great honor. I work hard for the residents. I could not do it without my community partners."
Deputy Merry began his career in 1998 with the Hall County Sheriff's Office in Georgia, where he conducted identity theft and fraud investigations. He came to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 2011, where he worked with the US Department of Homeland Security in investigating bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
When he accepted the position as Community Resource Deputy in April of 2015, he stated, "I'm a proponent of giving residents the tools they need to prevent them from falling prey to a scam. I hope to make a difference." Its crystal clear to the members of the Sun City Chamber, he is living up to that personal standard and more.