Longtime Sumter County school superintendent makes decision on his future

Rick Shirley
Superintendent Richard Shirley

The longtime superintendent of Sumter County schools has filed paperwork indicating he will seek another four-year term.

Superintendent Richard Shirley, a Republican, pre-filed re-election paperwork Tuesday morning with the Sumter County Supervisor of Elections.

He has served as the Sumter County’s school superintendent since 1996. In 2013, he was named Florida’s Superintendent of the Year.

Shirley said he sees “exciting things” happening in the Career Technical Education field, which enjoys the strong support of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Shirley joins a growing list of incumbent Sumter County officials seeking another term. That list includes Sheriff Bill Farmer, Tax Collector Randy Mask and Property Appraiser Joey Hooten.

They will appear on the 2020 ballot.