Tunnell Resigns From FDLE

It comes as a shock to many people in Bay County, the news that Guy Tunnel has resigned as the executive director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The resignation came Thursday night and was announced in a short e-mail from the governor’s office:

Statement By:
Regarding the Resignation of FDLE Commissioner Guy Tunnell

“This evening I accepted the resignation of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Guy Tunnell. I thank Guy for his service. He is a dedicated law enforcement officer who leaves behind an agency that is second to none.

“During Commissioner Tunnell’s tenure, FDLE continued to make great strides promoting public safety and strengthening domestic security. Under his leadership, hundreds of state law enforcement officers responded to those most in need during the unprecedented 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Their response efforts were not limited to our state. These officers were among the more than 6,000 Florida responders deployed to our neighboring Gulf states following Hurricane Katrina."

“On behalf of all Floridians, I thank the dedicated men and women of FDLE for their continued service to our great state.”

- Gov. Jeb Bush

It’s not known what brought about the sudden resignation. It is known Tunnell had come under fire for e-mails he had sent back and forth with Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen about the boot camp death case. Several weeks ago the governor removed FDLE from the boot camp investigation.