PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 

                Major Criminal Investigations Bureau Commander

  • Led 217 Personnel and managed $20.5

  • Led 4 executive command personnel responsible for countywide criminal investigative units including Homicide Unit, Economic/White Collar Unit, Intelligence Led Policing Unit, Vice and Narcotics Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, Forensic Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Victim Advocate Unit, Missing Person Unit, Missing Abducted Child (CART) Unit and all satellite investigators assigned to the D.E.A., F.B.I., A.T.F., and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

  • Voting member Shooting Review Team from

  • Executed and monitored grant oversight.

  • Established and administered operating and capital budget.

  • Reported to Chief Deputy – 2nd in command.

  • Member disciplinary board.

                Major Patrol Bureau Commander  

  • Led 471 Personnel and managed $29.7M Budget.

  • Led and motivated 5 executive command personnel responsible for the agency’s patrol function consisting of 350 sworn and 65 civilians serving the unincorporated area, two contract and four contract communities. The bureau functions in three districts and several sub-stations consisting of the following units; Patrol, Traffic, Aviation, Agriculture, Volunteer in Police Services(VIPS), SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Marine and DIVE Team.

  • Reduced burglary, theft, auto theft and robbery by 3.7% with 2 distinct strategies.

  • Sheriff Designee on Incident Command for Natural Disasters and Emergency Operations.

  • Represented the Sheriff on Boards/Committees regarding Emergency Management Policy Control. Incident Commander for multiple natural disasters- Named Storms/Flood/Fire.

  • Responsible for all discipline oversight within to include Pre-Disciplinary Hearings and Final Disposition Hearings of 415+ personnel. Eliminated legal litigation challenges to during my tenure.

  • Prioritized initiative to enhance Critical Incident Training capability to respond to mentally ill persons.

  • Analyzed UCR data and adjusted deployment strategies as needed.

                Major Operational Logistics Bureau Commander

  • 106 Personnel with $12.7M Budget.

  • Led and managed Chief Administrative Officer, Training Captain, Internal Affairs Inspector, Directors of Fleet, Purchasing, IT, Human Resources, Intelligence Led and Records.1300+ personnel with Fleet of 700+ vehicles.

  • Led agency-wide body worn camera project from research to implementation. Preliminary data suggest lower use of force, reduced injuries and decreased citizen complaints/lawsuits.

  • Presented recommendations to Commissioners, Judges, House of Representatives and County Administrators in formal and informal settings.

  • Coordinated efforts/negotiation with labor organizations -PBA/FOP.

  • Established Traffic Crash Review Committee to reduce agency risk through consistent review and identification of root causes of crashes’.

  • Chaired and coordinated agency continuous process improvement program.

  • Established veteran recruiting initiative in 2014 leading to an award by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as one of top 25 law enforcement agencies in the committed to recruiting and employing veterans.

  • Appointed agency of State College Police Academy oversight, Police and Training Unit.

  • Led largest software migration transition processes in agency history which impacted all members.

  • Responsible for most of the operating expense budget within IT, Fleet, Human and Purchasing. Total Agency budget $100M+.

Captain Criminal Investigations Division Commander

  • 200 Personnel.

  • Responsible for Leading and managing four investigative Lieutenants and one Director which included Narcotics, Major Crimes, Economic/White Collar, Intelligence -Led Policing and Forensic Investigations. Each Lieutenant responsible for multiple squads within their span of control.

  • Prepared and administered operating and capital budget.

  • Responsible for grant selection, and submission.

  • Led HIDTA application project to O.J.J.D.P. and agency was granted H.I.D.T.A. Group designation.

  • Extensive public speaking and media appearances.

Lieutenant Uniform Operations District 3

  • Led 4 first line supervisors total 32 Deputies overseeing approximately 150,000 citizens.

  • Scene incident commander on all high-risk situations during shift.

  • Analyzed intelligence, U.C.R. and heat maps implementing deployment strategies.

  • Appointed commander responsible for Property Crimes Detective Sergeant & 7 Detectives.

  • Operational project manager for patrol software suite.

  • Responsible for agency implementation of prevention effort “Keep What’s Yours & Lock Your Doors.”

Sergeant Major Crimes District 2

  • Supervised 7 investigators responsible for Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Assault and Crimes Against Children Unit Cases -totaled over 1000 per year.

  • Supervised Missing Persons Unit.

  • Led Child Abduction Response Team Training and Response.

  • Member of Domestic Violence Review Boards.

  • Directed states most successful Domestic Violence initiative (INVEST).

                      Sergeant – Patrol District 2

  • Supervised patrol squad of 7 Deputies responsible for zones covering 200 square miles approximately 80,000 residents.

  • Daily patrol functions include assessing calls for service, approving reports, responding to citizen complaints, approving use of force and pursuit packets.

                      Detective /Corporal -County Wide

  • Investigate drug traffickers and operate in undercover role. Execute search warrants, case management, wire taps, surveillance and tactical entries.

  • Investigate Homicide, Sexual Assault, Robbery and Crimes Against Children.

  • Testify in trials, depositions, suppression hearings and grand juries.

  • On scene commander of critical incidents until relieved by higher command.

                      Deputy-Patrolman

  • Respond to calls for service, enforce traffic laws, arrest suspects, serve arrest warrants, conduct traffic crash investigations.

  • Interview victim, witnesses, collect evidence, process crime scenes, interrogate suspects.

  • Conduct preliminary investigations, document original reports, attend prosecutorial hearings.

  • 1986-1990 United States Air Force Security Policemen.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

  • Florida Chiefs of Police Association

  • Formerly, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

  • Formerly Board of Director, Sunrise Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center

  • Formerly Board of Director, Pasco County E-School Criminal Justice Academy

  • U.S.C.G. certified O.U.P.V. Captain

  • Force Science Institute Analyst

  • Leadership Pasco Class 2015

  • Formerly, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Pasco-Hernando State College

  • Formerly, Legislative Charter County Review Committee Member appointed by County Commissioner

  • Formerly, Dade City Rotary

  • Formerly, Co-Chair Pasco Safety Communications Governance Board

  • Formerly, Board Member – Pasco County Master Facilities Planning Commission

  • Formerly, Board Member Pasco-Hernando State College Law Enforcement Technical Advisory Committee.

  • Formerly, Advisory Board Member State of Florida Law Enforcement Regional (9) Training Committee

  • Formerly, Board Member Domestic Violence Task Force

  • Formerly, Board Member Zephyrhills Little League Character Review Committee.

  • Formerly, Chair – Zephyrhills High School Advisory Council

  • Formerly, Tampa Bay FDLE Child Abduction Response Team Member

  • Formerly, Contract Manager on behalf of Sheriff Nocco for Pasco Hernando Community College Public Safety Institute

  • Formerly, Law Enforcement Bureau Commander assigned to Executive Police Group at Emergency Operations Center during National Disasters.

  • Formerly, Supervisor & Commander of Missing Abducted Child Unit Pasco Sheriff’s Office

Education

  • University of South Florida, Tampa FL.M.A. Adult Education2010

  • Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, FL.B.A. Criminology1999

Training

  • FBI Academy Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)2015.

  • Florida Police Officer Certificate (CJSTC)1991.

  • Tampa Police Academy Class #122 1991.

  • Air Force Police Academy 1986.

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PASCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 

                Major Criminal Investigations Bureau Commander

  • Led 217 Personnel and managed $20.5 Million Budget

  • Led 4 executive command personnel responsible for countywide criminal investigative units including Homicide Unit, Economic/White Collar Unit, Intelligence Led Policing Unit, Vice and Narcotics Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, Forensic Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Victim Advocate Unit, Missing Person Unit, Missing Abducted Child (CART) Unit and all satellite investigators assigned to the D.E.A., F.B.I., A.T.F., and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

  • Voting member Shooting Review Team from

  • Executed and monitored grant oversight.

  • Established and administered operating and capital budget.

  • Reported to Chief Deputy – 2nd in command.

  • Member disciplinary board.

                Major Patrol Bureau Commander  

  • Led 471 Personnel and managed $29.7 Million Budget.

  • Led and motivated 5 executive command personnel responsible for the agency’s patrol function consisting of 350 sworn and 65 civilians serving the unincorporated area, two contract and four contract communities. The bureau functions in three districts and several sub-stations consisting of the following units; Patrol, Traffic, Aviation, Agriculture, Volunteer in Police Services(VIPS), SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Marine and DIVE Team.

  • Reduced burglary, theft, auto theft and robbery by 3.7% with 2 distinct strategies.

  • Sheriff Designee on Incident Command for Natural Disasters and Emergency Operations.

  • Represented the Sheriff on Boards/Committees regarding Emergency Management Policy Control. Incident Commander for multiple natural disasters- Named Storms/Flood/Fire.

  • Responsible for all discipline oversight within to include Pre-Disciplinary Hearings and Final Disposition Hearings of 415+ personnel. Eliminated legal litigation challenges to during my tenure.

  • Prioritized initiative to enhance Critical Incident Training capability to respond to mentally ill persons.

  • Analyzed UCR data and adjusted deployment strategies as needed.

                Major Operational Logistics Bureau Commander

  • Led 106 Personnel with $12.7 Million Budget.

  • Led and managed Chief Administrative Officer, Training Captain, Internal Affairs Inspector, Directors of Fleet, Purchasing, IT, Human Resources, Intelligence Led and Records.1300+ personnel with Fleet of 700+ vehicles.

  • Led agency-wide body worn camera project from research to implementation. Preliminary data suggest lower use of force, reduced injuries and decreased citizen complaints/lawsuits.

  • Presented recommendations to Commissioners, Judges, House of Representatives and County Administrators in formal and informal settings.

  • Coordinated efforts/negotiation with labor organizations -PBA/FOP.

  • Established Traffic Crash Review Committee to reduce agency risk through consistent review and identification of root causes of crashes’.

  • Chaired and coordinated agency continuous process improvement program.

  • Established veteran recruiting initiative in 2014 leading to an award by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as one of top 25 law enforcement agencies in the committed to recruiting and employing veterans.

  • Appointed agency of State College Police Academy oversight, Police and Training Unit.

  • Led largest software migration transition processes in agency history which impacted all members.

  • Responsible for most of the operating expense budget within IT, Fleet, Human and Purchasing. Total Agency budget $100M+.

            Captain Criminal Investigations Division Commander

  • Led 200 Personnel.

  • Responsible for Leading and managing four investigative Lieutenants and one Director which included Narcotics, Major Crimes, Economic/White Collar, Intelligence -Led Policing and Forensic Investigations. Each Lieutenant responsible for multiple squads within their span of control.

  • Prepared and administered operating and capital budget.

  • Responsible for grant selection, and submission.

  • Led HIDTA application project to O.J.J.D.P. and agency was granted H.I.D.T.A. Group designation.

  • Extensive public speaking and media appearances.

           Lieutenant Uniform Operations District 3

  • Led 4 first line supervisors total 32 Deputies overseeing approximately 150,000 citizens.

  • Scene incident commander on all high-risk situations during shift.

  • Analyzed intelligence, U.C.R. and heat maps implementing deployment strategies.

  • Appointed commander responsible for Property Crimes Detective Sergeant & 7 Detectives.

  • Operational project manager for patrol software suite.

  • Responsible for agency implementation of prevention effort “Keep What’s Yours & Lock Your Doors.”

           Sergeant Major Crimes District 2

  • Supervised 7 investigators responsible for Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Assault and Crimes Against Children Unit Cases -totaled over 1000 per year.

  • Supervised Missing Persons Unit.

  • Led Child Abduction Response Team Training and Response.

  • Member of Domestic Violence Review Boards.

  • Directed states most successful Domestic Violence initiative (INVEST).

              Sergeant – Patrol District 2

  • Supervised patrol squad of 7 Deputies responsible for zones covering 200 square miles approximately 80,000 residents.

  • Daily patrol functions include assessing calls for service, approving reports, responding to citizen complaints, approving use of force and pursuit packets.

              Detective /Corporal -County Wide

  • Investigate drug traffickers and operate in undercover role. Execute search warrants, case management, wire taps, surveillance and tactical entries.

  • Investigate Homicide, Sexual Assault, Robbery and Crimes Against Children.

  • Testify in trials, depositions, suppression hearings and grand juries.

  • On scene commander of critical incidents until relieved by higher command.

               Deputy-Patrolman

  • Respond to calls for service, enforce traffic laws, arrest suspects, serve arrest warrants, conduct traffic crash investigations.

  • Interview victim, witnesses, collect evidence, process crime scenes, interrogate suspects.

  • Conduct preliminary investigations, document original reports, attend prosecutorial hearings.

  • 1986-1990 United States Air Force Security Policemen.

            Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

  • Florida Chiefs of Police Association

  • Formerly, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

  • Formerly Board of Director, Sunrise Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center

  • Formerly Board of Director, Pasco County E-School Criminal Justice Academy

  • U.S.C.G. certified O.U.P.V. Captain

  • Force Science Institute Analyst

  • Leadership Pasco Class 2015

  • Formerly, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Pasco-Hernando State College

  • Formerly, Legislative Charter County Review Committee Member appointed by County Commissioner

  • Formerly, Dade City Rotary

  • Formerly, Co-Chair Pasco Safety Communications Governance Board

  • Formerly, Board Member – Pasco County Master Facilities Planning Commission

  • Formerly, Board Member Pasco-Hernando State College Law Enforcement Technical Advisory Committee.

  • Formerly, Advisory Board Member State of Florida Law Enforcement Regional (9) Training Committee

  • Formerly, Board Member Domestic Violence Task Force

  • Formerly, Board Member Zephyrhills Little League Character Review Committee.

  • Formerly, Chair – Zephyrhills High School Advisory Council

  • Formerly, Tampa Bay FDLE Child Abduction Response Team Member

  • Formerly, Contract Manager on behalf of Sheriff Nocco for Pasco Hernando Community College Public Safety Institute

  • Formerly, Law Enforcement Bureau Commander assigned to Executive Police Group at Emergency Operations Center during National Disasters.

  • Formerly, Supervisor & Commander of Missing Abducted Child Unit Pasco Sheriff’s Office

           Education

  • University of South Florida, Tampa FL.M.A. Adult Education

  • Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, FL.B.A. Criminology

          Training

  • FBI Academy Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)2015.

  • Florida Police Officer Certificate (CJSTC)1991.

  • Tampa Police Academy Class #122 1991.

  • Air Force Police Academy 1986.

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