JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has accused a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office corrections officer he was previously involved with romantically of stalking him, according to a report obtained by the News4Jax I-TEAM.
Daniels filed the stalking report against the officer, Cierra Smith, May 6. According to the investigative report, Daniels claimed the woman started following him in her personal vehicle in the Oakleaf Plantation area "in a manner that caused him great concern."
A Jeep driven by Smith was pulled over in response to Daniels' complaint and a loaded gun was found inside the vehicle, according to a copy of the report. But attorney Latoya Williams-Shelton, who represents Smith, said there was a legitimate reason for the weapon to be there.
"She's a corrections officer. She's licensed to carry. The weapon was in her glove box," Williams-Shelton said. "They actually had an arrangement to meet on that particular day, and it just turned out to be a huge setup. Ms. Smith also had her daughter in the car."
No charges were filed in the case, and documents show the woman and Daniels had been involved in a lengthy relationship. They first got to know each other when Daniels was a supervisor at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office before he was elected sheriff in Clay County.
The State Attorney's Office released a memo to News4Jax that was dated May 7, 2019. It read in part: