Longtime law enforcement officer dies at 75

Mike McQuaig was formerly with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Dunnellon Police Department.

[Photo courtesy Roberts Funeral Home and Crematory of Dunnellon]

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Posted February 6, 2024 | Staff report

Michael “Mike” McQuaig, the former police chief in Dunnellon and a former officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, died Feb. 1 at the age of 75.

McQuaig is a Florida native and was raised on the family farm in Morriston, according to information provided online.

In a MCSO social media post on Feb. 1, the agency noted that McQuaig started with the office in 1973 and served for more than three decades before retiring as a major. He served as DPD chief from 2016 until he retired in 2023.

“Even after stepping away, his commitment to justice endured, with Chief McQuaig serving as a reserve investigator with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Today, we remember not just a seasoned professional but a cherished friend whose impact resonates in every corner of our community. He took great pride in his service to our community, so much so that his children and granddaughter followed in his footsteps,” the post noted.

The Ocala Police Department also created a social media post on Feb. 1, which stated, “We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of former Dunnellon Police Chief Mike McQuaig, who passed away earlier today. He was a distinguished law enforcement leader and dedicated public servant who left a memorable mark on our community. His commitment to public safety and justice was an inspiration to many.”

According to materials published online, McQuaig was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church of Ocala Florida, 2801 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala.

The obituary may be seen at robertsofdunnellon.com/obituary/JMichaelMike-McQuaig

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