'I run the county': Florida official Joe Mullins caught threatening trooper after speeding stop
Flagler County Commission Chairman Joe Mullins was pulled over for speeding in his red Ferrari on Interstate 95. "I run the county," he told the Florida Highway Patrol trooper. The dash cam video captured the moment the trooper pulled him over. According to the conversation in the video, Mullins was pulled over for speeding for what seemed like a second time.
"Hey look, so 92 miles per hour is 22 over the speed limit, ok?" the trooper said. "Normally, I give warnings, I give breaks, but it looks like you’ve been written a warning already. So I do issue the citation. With that being said it’s gonna be payable within 30 days."
"I run the county so I know how that works," Mullins replied, to which the trooper said, "You run the county?" "Yeah, I’m Chairman of the county commission," Mullins said. The trooper continued to explain the citation and said he did not want any miscommunication. "I just have to explain this. I don't want any miscommunication," he said, following which Mullins was seen speeding away.
Who is Joe Mullins?
Joe Mullins is a Republican for County Commission District 4, according to his website. His page mentions that he is a "constitutional conservative focused on Flagler County." "It has been an honor to serve on the Board of County Commissioners these past four years, especially this year as the Chairman of the Commission," his website reads. "My #1 priority is keeping Flagler County safe. The Commission worked to find a temporary and permanent home for the Sheriff’s Office along with a new sub-station in Palm Coast," it further reads.
"I am a fiscal conservative," he added. "The Commission reduced your millage rate over the last two years, eliminated wasteful spending, secured grant funding and increased the County’s General Fund Reserves. Flagler County Supports Our Constitution. On April 5, 2021, the Commission unanimously passed a resolution supporting the United States Constitution."
Mullins is the founder and president of The Mullins Companies, which is the parent company of Mullins Management Inc, Mullins Sports and Entertainment, and Mullins Properties. He is a native of Evans, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business Management and a bachelor's degree in Performing Arts, according to Voterfocus.
The website added, "In conjunction with our state and federal officials, the Commission recovered over $2m in lost Medicare funds, secured $25m for beach renourishment and formed a public-private partnership to bring broadband internet to underserved communities. I want to continue serving the citizens of Flagler County and I am asking for your vote in the Republican Primary Election on August 23rd."
While attending the University of Georgia, Mullins worked as a news reporter for the school's radio station. He booked events and talent while working as the director of the University Union, and held roles in theater, television, and film at the time.
"During his time at the University of Georgia, Mullins created the Fall Fun Fest — one of the most successful events in the University Union's history. He further developed his career at UCLA under Henry Holmes, a world-renowned entertainment agent, and began managing NFL players, world champion boxers and PGA Tour athletes, as well as film and music talent," Voterfocus reports.
"Mullins' entrepreneurial portfolio also included owning several successful businesses in the southeastern US, including Shogun, Evans Hibachi Grill and Chem-Dry. Mullins has merged his family's real estate business and his own entertainment career into one prospering business. Mullins Sports & Entertainment facilitates event marketing to corporations for events like The Masters golf tournament and the Super Bowl," it further reads.
The website states that Mullins established and supported various charity events since 1998. He is involved with St Jude Children's Hospital Research, The Kelley Brothers/Lady Antebellum celebrity golf tournaments, the Junior Seau Foundation, and the Jason Taylor Foundation. He created the Columbia County SnowFest.
The website added, "Mullins is a graduate of Leadership Flagler Class 25 and the 2018 Flagler County Citizens Academy. He's also a Board Member for the Flagler County Drug Court Foundation and Open Door Ministries, as well as co-founder of the Flagler County Opioid Task Force", adding, "Joe Mullins is a devoted husband, a father of five, and a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Palm Coast."