Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski might be continuing his service in the Sunshine State come January.
After applying and being interviewed, Mioduszewski was offered the position of police chief for the city of Umatilla, Fla., about 40 miles north of Orlando.
“They were advertising in some of the law enforcement journals,” Mioduszewski said. “Nothing is definite yet. I’ve been offered a job, but nothing beyond that.”
Whether the sheriff gets the new position depends on a number of factors, including proper certification. Mioduszewski will travel to Florida in mid-December to take a certification test, the results of which will not be revealed until near the end of that month.
If he is certified, Mioduszewski would not assume the position until January 2014. He would have the same duties there that he currently has as Isabella County sheriff, other than the supervision of a jail.
Mioduszewski already has ties to the area. He and his wife previously ran their own business in Florida. Starting off as a police officer and later being promoted to a sergeant in the Mount Pleasant Police Department, Mioduszewski has been the Isabella County Sheriff for the last nine years.
In the event of his absence, someone will temporarily take his place as sheriff until the next election.
“What will happen is the county clerk and the prosecutor will appoint somebody to be sheriff until the next general election, so basically that person would serve a little less than a year,” Mioduszewski said. “In most cases, the under-sheriff is appointed, but that’s going to be up to them.”