Monroe County Sheriff Office Sgt. Jake Brady is officially on the lookout for new digs — but he'll have a hard time matching the sweetheart deal he's had with the city of Marathon since 2002.
The longtime Keys cop and Republican candidate for sheriff last year was given 90 days notice to vacate the city-owned three-bedroom house at Sombrero Beach in which he has been living for 10 years, according to Marathon City Attorney John Herin.
"We provided notice to the current occupant to give him 90 days," Herin said.
The council agreed in 2003 to rent the house to a low-tenure Sheriff's Office deputy for $500 per month. Brady has been living at the beach since and the original lease expired in August 2004.
Herin went so far as to ask the council for "authorization to do eviction procedures" in the event Brady doesn't move out on time. He was clear the request is precautionary but noted that Brady has "consistently been late with his monthly payment."
City Manager Roger Hernstadt said the house is the only one owned by the city intended for Sheriff's Office deputies. He said Brady's arrangement came to his attention during an end-of-year review of contracts and properties.
"That's when it came to my attention that he'd been there a long time and we didn't have a current lease," Hernstadt said. "It's been roughly 10 years and we haven't been in it and we want to be sure ... that whatever it takes to maintain the property happens."
Once Brady moves out and the house is cleaned, another deputy — on the lower end of the pay scale — will likely move in.