Jeff Siegmeister

Jeff Siegmeister, Third Circuit State Attorney

LIVE OAK — Jeff Siegmeister has stepped down as the state attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit.

According to Dana Brady-Giddens with the state attorney’s office, Siegmeister retired from the state, effective Monday. David Phelps, a former assistant state attorney, will be sworn in by Circuit Judge Mark Feagle on Monday morning as acting state attorney.

Siegmeister is retiring due to a personal matter that he is working through, according to Bobi J. Frank, a lawyer out of Gainesville, who represents Siegmeister.

"It has always been his distinct honor to serve the people of the Third Judicial Circuit and he will always put the community’s best interests before his own," Frank said in the statement, adding that Siegmeister has requested privacy during this difficult time. "He intends on taking this time to reflect and heal.”

Siegmeister had a year remaining on his second term as the state attorney. He was first elected in 2012 and took over after Skip Jarvis vacated office.

He was re-elected in 2016.

Prior to serving as state attorney, Siegmeister worked in private practice. He also had been an assistant state attorney in the Third Circuit as well as working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Third Circuit covers Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

Phelps, a resident of Taylor County, has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1978 and has spent his entire career as a prosecutor in the Third Circuit, serving as an assistant state attorney for more than 35 years. Phelps, who retired from office in 2013 as the chief assistant state attorney, served for L. Arthur Lawrence, Jerry Blair and Robert L. “Skip” Jarvis in addition to Siegmeister.

“Mr. Phelps is a legal scholar who is certain to have the respect of his staff, the citizens, and all branches of our government,” Feagle said in a release announcing the appointment.


 

LIVE OAK — Jeff Siegmeister has stepped down as the state attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit.

According to Dana Brady-Giddens with the state attorney’s office, Siegmeister is retiring from the state, effective Monday, Dec. 23.

Siegmeister is retiring due to a personal matter that he is working through, according to Bobi J. Frank, a lawyer out of Gainesville, who issued a statement on his behalf.

"It has always been his distinct honor to serve the people of the Third Judicial Circuit and he will always put the community’s best interests before his own," Frank said in the statement, adding that Siegmeister has requested privacy during this difficult time. "He intends on taking this time to reflect and heal." 

Siegmeister had a year remaining on his second term as the state attorney. He was first elected in 2012 and took over after Skip Jarvis vacated office.

He was re-elected in 2016.

Prior to serving as state attorney, Siegmeister worked in private practice. He also had been an assistant state attorney in the Third Circuit as well as working for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Third Circuit covers Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

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