Division Chief Gilchrist County

Ray Earl Thomas
Division Chief, Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County is unique in that this office provides services to residents who live in cities divided by county lines—Branford, shared with Suwannee County, High Springs & Newberry, shared with Alachua County, Fanning Springs, shared with Levy County—and residents who live in Bell & Trenton. The Gilchrist County Office, housed inside the historic Gilchrist County Courthouse, located at 112 N. Main Street, Suite 218 in Trenton, is responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases including felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and juvenile that occur within the county.

The Gilchrist County Office currently has one full-time attorney who resides in Gilchrist County and is available to respond to emergencies and provide legal advice to local law enforcement agencies as needed. In addition, this office shares an experienced victim advocate with Levy County who assists victims and witnesses throughout the course of their involvement with the criminal justice system and an investigator who provides investigative assistance to the attorney, assists local law enforcement agencies, and investigates specifically assigned cases.

The Gilchrist County Office receives referrals for prosecution from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, Trenton Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of Transportation, Lancaster Correctional Institution, and worthless check victims. Assistance is routinely provided to the Inspector General’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice who oversees the supervision of the Juvenile Assessment Center.