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Retired Dunnellon Police Chief passes away

With heavy hearts, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday afternoon that Mike McQuaig, former MCSO Major and Chief of Police for Dunnellon, has passed away.

Retired MCSO Major Dunnellon Police Chief passes away
Mike McQuaig passed away in the early morning hours on February 1, 2024.

McQuaig began his career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 1973, ultimately reaching the rank of Major before retiring after a three-decade tenure.

In 2016, McQuaig assumed the role of Dunnellon Police Chief, a position he kept until his retirement last year.

Even after stepping away, McQuaig’s commitment to justice endured, and he served as a Reserve Investigator with the State Attorney’s Office.

“Today, we remember not just a seasoned professional but a cherished friend whose impact resonates in every corner of our community,” stated MCSO in a social media post on Thursday. “He took great pride in his service to our community, so much so that his children and granddaughter followed in his footsteps.”

“Today, we lost an honored retiree of MCSO and a cherished friend,” stated Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods. “His legacy of dedication and friendship will always be remembered. Rest in peace, Chief.”

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office concluded the social media post by stating that it will honor Chief McQuaig’s legacy by continuing to serve and uplift one another.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all those touched by his remarkable journey,” added the sheriff’s office.