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Meet the Sheriff and his Command Staff


Sheriff Lemma Sheriff Dennis Lemma
Sheriff Dennis Lemma became Sheriff of Seminole County on January 3, 2017. Sheriff Lemma received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College, a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He also attended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Chief Executive Institute in Tallahassee, Florida.

Sheriff Lemma began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a correctional officer and was selected as a deputy sheriff four years later. He served as a school resource deputy and a crimes against children investigator before receiving a promotion to sergeant of the Special Operations Section in 2002. Four years later, he was promoted to lieutenant in the Community Services Division where he managed the agency’s crime prevention efforts, served as the public information officer, and coordinated programs to assist the elderly and domestic violence victims. In 2008, Sheriff Lemma was promoted to captain and tasked with management of the uniformed patrol division, property crime investigations, traffic safety and code enforcement. In 2011, he was appointed to major of the Department of Neighborhood Policing. In this role, he oversaw the operation of five divisions including uniformed patrol, Special Operations, Juvenile Enforcement and Intervention, Public Affairs and Community Services. In 2014, he was appointed to chief deputy where he led operational and administrative functions for more than 1,200 members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Phone number:407-665-6635


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Undersheriff Lou Tomeo
Undersheriff Lou Tomeo currently serves as second in command and is responsible for providing strategic direction to, and oversight of, the delivery of law enforcement, correctional, and administrative services to our community.

Undersheriff Tomeo started his law enforcement career in 1989. He then served with the Altamonte Springs Police Department and spent six years as a part of their Ready Response Team and as an agent with the City-County Investigative Bureau. Once he was hired with the Sheriff’s Office, he continued as a CCIB agent for three years before his promotion to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he spent time in CCIB then was transferred to serve as a Patrol Sergeant. Six years later he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a district commander over patrol functions. In 2009, he was transferred to serve as the Lieutenant over agency investigations including crisis intervention, domestic violence, elder services, digital forensics, major crimes, and victim services. A few years later he served as the Child Protective Services Lieutenant and provided leadership to units working to investigate allegations of child neglect, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and child exploitation. In 2012, Undersheriff Tomeo was assigned as the Lieutenant over Specialized Services in our Patrol Division which oversaw our school resource deputies, traffic safety and general investigations. In 2014, he was promoted to Captain over the Domestic Security Division where he managed the Sheriff’s Office intelligence operations, which included criminal activity analysis, reporting and tracking, anti-terrorism operations, federal agency partnerships, and multi-agency domestic security task forces. In 2016, he was promoted to Chief over the Department of Law Enforcement and in 2017 became the Undersheriff.

Undersheriff Tomeo is a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in Tallahassee and Leadership Seminole. He enjoys coaching football, playing golf, and traveling in his spare time.


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Chief Dan Purcell - Department of Law Enforcement
Chief Dan Purcell currently serves as the Chief of Law Enforcement where he oversees and is responsible for the Seminole Neighborhood Policing Division (uniformed patrol & support functions), Communications Division, Court Services Division, Domestic Security Division, City/County Investigative Bureau, Special Operations Division, and Forensic Laboratory Services Division.

Chief Purcell began his fulltime career with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a deputy sheriff and has served in a number of leadership capacities prior to his current role as the Chief of Law Enforcement. Chief Purcell grew up in Seminole County and graduated from Lake Brantley High School where he served in the Youth Deputy (Explorer) program and as a volunteer in the Criminal Investigations Division prior to attending the law enforcement academy.

Chief Purcell received holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, two graduate certificates, and a Master’s of Science in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 254), the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, and Leadership Seminole, Class #24.


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Chief of Staff Mark Conway - Office of the Sheriff
Chief of Staff Mark Conway currently serves as the Chief of Staff where he oversees and is responsible for providing executive-level support to the Office of the Sheriff, leading agency-wide strategic initiatives, liaising with external stakeholders, and community outreach efforts. Chief Conway oversees the Public Affairs Division, the Professional Standards Division, the Seminole County Sheriff's Foundation, and the Sheriff’s community advisory boards.

Chief Conway is a 20-year law enforcement veteran. He joined the Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff in 2002, then worked as a general assignment investigator and was promoted to sergeant in 2009. He was later promoted to lieutenant in 2013, overseeing our Professional Standards Division. During this time, he managed both the law enforcement and corrections accreditation functions, as well as the Professional Development Section. Chief Conway was promoted to captain in 2014 and continued to lead the Professional Standards Division. In 2017, the Professional Standards Division was combined with the Public Affairs Division, and in this new role, Chief Conway was also responsible for the Sheriff's Office social media presence, public outreach, public information, code enforcement, and crime prevention. Prior to his career with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, he served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and was a police officer with the City of Winter Springs.

Chief Conway holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course in Louisville, Kentucky. He has attended the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute's Florida Leadership Academy, the Senior Leadership Program, and the Chief Executive Seminar. Chief Conway also teaches classes on technology for the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in Tallahassee.


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Chief Laura Bedard, Ph.D. - Department of Corrections
Chief Laura Bedard, Ph.D. currently serves the Chief over the Department of Corrections. In this role, she oversees and is responsible for Court Administrative Services/Intake, Security Operations Services, Inmate Healthcare Services, and County Probation.

Dr. Bedard began her work in corrections as a jail administrator over 33 years ago. Dr. Bedard served on the administrative faculty for the College of Criminology at Florida State University for 17 years. During her tenure at the University, she ran a study abroad program in the Czech Republic lecturing on crime topics in an emerging democracy. In 2005, she became the first female deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections where she was responsible for 27,000 state employees and over 200,000 offenders in the third largest correctional system in the country. She has served as warden at five facilities which included supervision of state of Florida Inmates, Contracted Bureau of Prisons Inmates, U.S. Marshal’s Inmates and Federal I.C.E. Detainees. Additionally, Dr. Bedard has published and lectured worldwide on a number of corrections-related topics including women in prison, mental health issues, and correctional leadership.

Dr. Bedard has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Recreation Programming with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, a master’s degree from New Hampshire College, Counseling and Community Psychology, and received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University. She is also a graduate of Class #41 of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar.


Chief Bryan
Chief Sharon Bryan - Department of Youth Services
Chief Sharon Bryan oversees the Department of Youth Services at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Her Department includes the Child Protective Services Division, the School Safety Division and the Juvenile Justice Division.

She has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has held a number of positions within youth services. In 2004, she was promoted to Manager of the Juvenile Assessment Center. In 2012, she was promoted to Director of the Juvenile Justice Division and oversaw the operations of the Juvenile Assessment Center, the Juvenile Detention Center and the Youth Intervention and Prevention Center. In 2016, she was promoted Chief over the Department of Youth Services.

Chief Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University. She is also an active member of our community and sits on a number of boards including the State Advisory Group Department of Juvenile Justice Board, Central Florida Boys and Girls Club, Recovery House of Central Florida, Seminole County Public Schools Foundation and Inspire of Central Florida. She is a member of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and a graduate of Leadership Seminole.


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Chief Lisa Spriggs - Department of Administrative Services
Chief Lisa Spriggs currently serves as Chief of Administrative Services for the Sheriff’s Office where she oversees and is responsible for the agency’s business and support functions including Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Technology Services, and Fleet Services. Her team works behind the scenes to affect organizational goals and support delivery of services. She advises the Sheriff and Command Staff on resource planning and alignment to support the agency’s mission and ensure sustainability of public services. She also works closely with County staff on financial planning and other joint initiatives on behalf of the Sheriff.

Chief Spriggs has served as a senior executive in local government for over 20 years. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in government and not-for-profit entities. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office in 2012, she served Seminole County for 9 years under the Board of County Commissioners as Director of Resource Management, and 6 years as the Director of Finance and Internal Support Services for the City of Deltona upon incorporation. She began her career in public accounting and practiced for 9 years as an auditor and consultant specializing in government and not-for-profit agencies, serving counties, municipalities, state agencies, special districts and authorities.

Chief Spriggs holds a bachelor of business administration with a minor in business information systems from Stetson University and has served on various boards for not-for-profit entities. She is the Plan Administrator of the City of Deltona Firefighters’ Pension Plan, and she has instructed on various government financial topics at conferences, seminars, and for graduate programs.


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Director Jennie Ahern - Forensics Services Division
Director Jennie T. Ahern currently serves as the Laboratory Director of the Forensics Laboratory Services Division.

She has been with the Sheriff’s Office since June 2007. Prior to working at the Sheriff’s Office, Director Ahern worked as a crime lab analyst supervisor, senior crime lab analyst, and technical leader for the latent print discipline at Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as a forensic consultant for Lockheed Martin, and as a fingerprint technician and latent print examiner at the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

She is a member of the International Association for Identification, Florida Division of the International Association for Identification, International Association for Property and Evidence and American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. Director Ahern has been a Certified Latent Print Examiner with the International Association for Identification since 1980 and has testified more than 500 times in county, circuit, federal and military courts through the state of Florida as a Latent Print and Impression Evidence Examiner since 1976.


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Captain Kip Beacham - Probation Division
Captain Kip Beacham currently serves as the Captain over the Probation Division and Unit Management within the Department of Corrections. The Probation Division provides services and supervision to offenders in community-based settings to over 6,500 misdemeanor offenders annually, manages pre-trial diversion programs, and connects offenders with treatment providers to assist in their re-entry to the community.

Captain Beacham started his career in law enforcement almost 30 years ago working with the Florida Department of Corrections as a probation officer before joining the Seminole County Sheriff Office. He has served as the Captain over the Court Services Division and was in charge of judicial security for the Criminal Justice Center, Juvenile Justice Center and the Civil Courthouse for three years; the captain over the Community Services Division in charge of Crime Prevention, Elder Services, Victims' Advocate, PIO and Weed & Seed for three years; the captain over the Department of Community Justice, Planning & Development, dealing with the homeless issues in Seminole County, as well as the EMPACT (Electronic Monitoring Protection and Crime Tracking) program; and captain over the Juvenile Assessment Center establishing programs to prevent at risk youth from entering the juvenile justice system for five years.

Captain Beacham holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University. He is also currently an active member of the Oviedo Rotary Club, Advent Health Foundation Board, Seminole Chairman for Meals on Wheels, Board Chairman of Recovery House, and Board Chairman for UNCF Seminole County. In the beginning of 2019, he recently was given the Gubernatorial Appointment for Florida Virtual School by Governor Rick Scott.


Director Blackwood
Director John Blackwood - Fleet Services Division
Director John Blackwood currently serves as the Director of the Fleet Services Division.

Director Blackwood joined the Sheriff’s Office in June 2000. Prior to his career with the Sheriff’s Office, he served as the Seminole County Government Emergency Manager from 1997 to 2000. That assignment included countywide disaster preparation and response, managing the County Emergency Operations Center and the Public Safety 911 Center. Director Blackwood also served his country as a Captain in the US Marine Corps. He served as a Transportation Management Officer, receiving specialized training in transportation equipment management and logistics. His assignments included tours in the Pacific, East Coast, and West Coast.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson University and completed master’s studies in Human Resource Development from Webster University. Director Blackwood is a graduate of Leadership Seminole in 2003 and the Command Officer Development Course in 2014-2015. In 2015, Director Blackwood was selected as the Florida Sheriff's Risk Management Fund Outstanding Fleet Manager of the Year. He is actively serving on the Ford Police Advisory Board and works with Ford Motor Company in the development of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and the development of other police vehicles. Director Blackwood is also serving on the Florida Sheriff's Association Fleet Advisory Board, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office Crash Review Committee and the Risk Management Committee.


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Director Bryan Beyer – Public Affairs Division
Director Bryan Beyer currently serves as the Director of the Public Affairs Division where he oversees and is responsible for the Public Information Unit, community relations and outreach, and serves as the Executive Director of the SCSO Community Foundation, and other external-facing functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Director Beyer joined the Sheriff’s Office in December 2017 to serve as the Office of the Sheriff’s Community Relations Administrator. He was promoted to Director the Public Affairs Division in October 2018. Prior to the Sheriff’s Office, Director Beyer oversaw community relations in Seminole County for the Orlando Health system. Additionally, Director Beyer has served in multiple capacities in the non-profit sector with focuses on community relations, development, advocacy, and government affairs including a role with the American Lung Association where he received state and national recognition for his efforts surrounding tobacco control advocacy.

Director Beyer received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida in 2007 and his master’s degree in communication (with a focus on strategic communication management) from Purdue University in 2017. He is also a graduate of Leadership Seminole (Class 23) and Leadership Orlando (Class 89). Director Beyer serves on the board of directors for the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, IMPOWER, Leadership Seminole, and MicheLee Puppets and is recognized as Paul Harris Fellow through his membership in the Rotary Club of Lake Mary. He has received several community awards including the Education Award from the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, and the Community Service Award from No Limit Health and Education.


Captain Coscia
Captain Michael Coscia - Child Protective Services Division
Captain Michael Coscia currently serves as the Captain of the Child Protective Services Division.

Captain Coscia began his employment with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office in 2000. His experience at the Sheriff’s Office includes Child Protective Investigator, Child Protective Investigator Supervisor, Deputy Sheriff (Seminole Neighborhood Policing), Investigator with the Crimes Against Children Unit, and Investigator with the Digital Forensic Unit. Captain Coscia was promoted several times while working within the Seminole Neighborhood Policing Division. His first promotion was to the rank of Patrol Sergeant and he eventually went on to lead the Seminole Financial Crimes Task Force. Several years later, Captain Coscia was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he served as a Shift Commander and Community Lieutenant, prior to being promoted to Captain of the Child Protective Services Division. Prior to his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Coscia served as an educator with the Orange County School Board, a Research Associate with the Center for Drug Free Living and as a Child Protection Investigator with the Department of Children and Families.

Captain Coscia is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has obtained certifications as a Child Welfare Protective Investigator and Supervisor, Financial Crimes Investigator, and Forensic Computer Examiner. He has completed numerous coursework and career development courses regarding Internet Crimes Against Children, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse and Exploitation, and Investigative Strategies for Missing and Abducted Children. Captain Coscia is also a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Florida Leadership Academy Class XXVII.


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Captain Tracey Fortenberry - Juvenile Justice Division
Captain Tracy Fortenberry currently serves as the Captain over the Juvenile Justice Division where he oversees and is responsible for the Juvenile Assessment Center, the Juvenile Detention Center, and the Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center.

Captain Fortenberry started his career in law enforcement in 1990. Prior to his current role, he served as a Deputy Sheriff, Field Training Deputy, Aviation/Flight Officer, and Gang Suppression Unit Investigator. In 1999, he was promoted to sergeant and supervised the Intensive Community Supervision Unit, the Gang Suppression Unit, served as a road patrol and echo sergeant. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as District 6 Commander, Watch Commander, Domestic Security Division Lieutenant, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force Commander, and City County Investigative Bureau Lieutenant.

Captain Fortenberry graduated from Seminole State College and has completed the Florida Sheriff’s Institute Commanders Academy Class #3 and the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He is considered a FGIA Advanced Gang Specialist and sits on the Circuit 18 Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Captain Fortenberry is a Certified Quality Assurance Peer Reviewer for the Department of Juvenile Justice and serves on the Florida Gang Investigators Association.


Captain Francis
Captain Rick Francis - School Safety Division
Captain Rick Francis currently serves as Captain and School Safety Director over the School Safety Division where he oversees and is responsible for the security of 66 schools, approximately 68,000 students and 8,000 staff members.

Captain Francis started with the Sheriff’s Office in 2007. He has been assigned to patrol, major crimes investigations, was promoted to patrol sergeant, assigned to domestic security, promoted to lieutenant where he served as a watch commander, and was promoted to lead the School Safety Division. Captain Francis has also been a member of SWAT since 2002, Honor Guard from 2009-2016 and the High-Risk Incident Commander since 2016. He previously served in the United States Navy as a combat medic for four years then served in the Army Reserve for two years as a flight medic. He began his law enforcement career with Florida Fish and Wildlife as a marine patrol officer in 2003 before joining the Sheriff's Office.

Captain Francis has served as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at Seminole State College since 2012 and Mercy College since 2016. He has attended the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course in 2014 and sits on the following boards: Crimeline, School Health Advisory Board, Youth Commission, Positive Behavior Pathways Committee, Opioid Task Force and the Domestic Security Task Force. Captain Francis earned his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Andrew Jackson University and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from Columbia College. He is a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society.


Captain Gibson
Captain Sammy Gibson - Seminole Collaborative Opioid Response Efforts ("S.C.O.R.E.")
Captain Sammy Gibson is currently a Captain with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Office of the Sheriff. He is responsible for overseeing Sheriff Lemma's statewide Opioid Working Group initiatives that raise awareness and provide a comprehensive plan to combatting the opioid epidemic.

Sammy started his career in law enforcement in 1980 at the age of 18 with the Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit responsible for drug investigations throughout Seminole County. In 1985, he was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force in Orlando, where he conducted national and international drug investigations for five years. During his tenure, he was promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain where he was then assigned to the City-County Investigative Bureau. Captain Gibson spent virtually all of his career in the drug enforcement field with 20 of those years as the City-County Investigative Bureau's commander. He has received numerous Unit Citations, three awards from the Drug Enforcement Administration for his contributions to federal drug enforcement efforts, the Sheriff's Office Life Saving Award, the Sheriff's Commendation Award, and the Sheriff's Purple Heart. Sammy retired in 2016 after having served the citizens of Seminole County for 36 years. In January 2019, Sammy returned to work at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, appointed as Captain by Sheriff Dennis Lemma, to support the Sheriff's efforts on the statewide Opioid Working Group.


Director Hope
Director Mary Hope - Fiscal Services Division
Director Mary Hope currently serves as the Director of the Fiscal Services Division where she oversees and is responsible for all financial aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, including the agency-wide budget, accounting, payroll, facilities, procurement/agreements, grants and material supply.

Director Hope has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years and has extensive experience in governmental accounting, auditing and consulting. She practiced public accounting for a variety of governmental and for-profit clients prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office.

Director Hope earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Florida State University in 1988 and a Master of Accounting Degree from Florida State University in 1989. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Director Hope is also a member of the Florida Sheriff's Association Executive Leadership Conference Financial Advisory Committee.


Captain Howard
Captain Latisha Howard - Corrections Facility Operations Division
Captain Latisha Howard currently serves as the Captain over the Facility Operations Division at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility where she is the designated head of Security and Intake Release Operations and is responsible for the administration and management of operations in the facility, the enforcement of policies and procedures, the intake, booking and release process of all inmates.

Captain Howard joined the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 after working with Florida Department of Corrections at Tomoka Correctional Facility for nearly four years. At the Sheriff’s Office, she has held several positions to include corrections officer, court deputy, corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant before rising to the rank of captain in March of 2013.

Captain Howard is both corrections and law enforcement certified and holds several other certifications to include a Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College and is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. She also attended the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Florida Leadership Academy and the Senior Leadership Program. Captain Howard is an active member of the American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Sanford Women’s Club, and Toastmasters International.


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Director Robert (Bob) Hunter - Human Resources Division
Director Bob Hunter currently serves as our Human Resources Director where he oversees and is responsible for recruitment, hiring and selection efforts, as well as managing employee relations, insurance, benefits, and the wellness and volunteer programs.

Director Hunter joined the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 as our Human Resources Director. He had previously worked with Seminole County for over 11 years in various management roles. He most recently served as Seminole County’s Animal Services Division Manager (Administrator) where he was responsible for a large team of animal control officers, care specialists and administrative personnel. In this role, Director Hunter oversaw all shelter and animal control operations, led strategic planning, refocused customer service efforts, implemented policy enhancements and managed personnel matters. He also served as the Procurement Administrator for the Contracts Section where he oversaw all contracts and purchasing associated with the county’s many multi-faceted construction and design projects. Prior to joining Seminole County, Director Hunter spent over 14 years in the safety and security industry where he provided operational leadership as well as delivered training, led business development, managed grants and administered human resources initiatives.

Director Hunter received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College, where he also received his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business.


Captain Tom Johnson
Captain Thomas Johnson - Professional Standards Division
Captain Tom Johnson serves as Captain of the Professional Standards Division where he oversees and is responsible for the Professional Conduct Review Section, the Professional Development Section, and the Sheriff’s Office Accreditation function.

Captain Johnson began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. Throughout his career, Captain Johnson has been assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Honor Guard Team, Field Training Section, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Internal Affairs Division, Aviation Unit, and the Special Operations Division to include the Canine Unit, the Marine Unit and the Disaster Response Team. While assigned to the Special Operations Division, Captain Johnson also served as a Tactical Vehicle Operator for the SWAT team.

Captain Johnson holds a degree in Criminal Justice, and his professional affiliations include the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association, as well as the Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association.


Captain Carey Love
Captain Carey Love - Diversified Investigative Services Division
Captain Carey Love currently serves as Captain over the Diversified Investigative Services Division where she oversees and is responsible for the investigation of complex, specialized crimes and augmenting law enforcement services with advanced technologies and support.

Carey Love joined the Sheriff's Office in 1994. She has served as Captain over Domestic Security, the community commander in the Altamonte Springs Community, a night time watch commander, the investigative sergeant over the Major Crimes Unit, a patrol sergeant, an investigator in the Professional Standards Division and as a deputy sheriff. She was previously employed with the Altamonte Springs Police Department as a dispatcher for almost two years.

Captain Love holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stetson University and is a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE). She completed the Command Officers Development Course from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville as well as the Executive Leadership Seminar from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


Captain Shane Love
Captain Shane Love - Seminole Neighborhood Policing & Specialized Services Section
Captain Shane Love currently serves as the Captain over Seminole Neighborhood Policing and the Specialized Services Section for the Sheriff’s Office. In this role, he oversees our uniformed patrol division, property crime investigations, code enforcement, the Traffic Safety Unit and Crime Prevention Unit. Seminole Neighborhood Policing incorporates a concept that helps to develop strategies, programs, and crime prevention methods to reduce crime and the fear of crime in our community.

Captain Love began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1996, and he has served in a number of diverse positions including Corrections Officer, Patrol Deputy Sheriff, Civil Enforceable Investigator, Special Operations Range and Water Deputy Sheriff, Training Deputy Sheriff assigned to Professional Development, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol and Correctional Field Training Sergeant, Digital Evidence Lieutenant, Patrol and Correctional Field Training Unit Lieutenant, Captain over Operations and Security at the jail, and currently the Commander of the Rapid Deployment Force. Before his career with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Captain Love served as a correctional officer with the Department of Corrections for three years.

Captain Love has completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Senior Leadership Program Class #20, the FDLE Leadership Academy Class #24, and holds the United States Coast Guard Captain's license. Internally, Captain Love assists our Professional Development Section by serving as a firearms, driving, defensive tactics, Taser, tactics and rifle instructor. In his free time, Captain Love serves as the Range Master for Seminole State College's Basic Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy. He also currently represents the Sheriff’s Office on the Seminole Action Board, whose goal is to impact and reduce homelessness in Seminole County.


Captain Mills
Captain Karen Mills - Domestic Security Division and City County Investigative Bureau
Captain Karen Mills currently serves as the Captain over Domestic Security Division and the City/County Investigative Bureau. The Domestic Security Division is responsible for investigating, collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence information concerning criminal activity, international and domestic terrorism, street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, prolific offenders, crime analysis, warrants, inmate telephone monitoring, registered felons and sexual offenders/predators. The City/County Investigative Bureau is a multi-agency drug task force comprised of agents from the Sheriff’s Office, seven of the city police departments within Seminole County, the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Amtrak Police.

Captain Mills started with her career with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in May of 1986. She has held a number of positions at the Sheriff’s Office including, Captain over the Special Operations Division, Captain over the East Division, Lieutenant over the East Division/Region, Patrol Sergeant, Special Operations Sergeant, Flight Officer in the Aviation Unit, canine handler, City County Investigative Bureau Agent, and Patrol Deputy.

Captain Mills is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (session #266) in Quantico, Virginia. She is also a member of the Domestic Security Coordinating Group (Region 5), Central Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Board Member, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), Florida Narcotic Officers’ Association (FNOA), a member of the United States Police Canine Association and the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Captain Mills also has her Rotorcraft / Helicopter Commercial License.


Captain Pergola
Captain Mark Pergola - Special Operations Division
Captain Mark Pergola currently serves as Captain of the Special Operations Division and serves as the agency’s High Risk Incident Commander. The Special Operations Division includes several sections such as Aviation, Emergency Management, Canine, Range & Water, Underwater Search and Recovery, Civilian Search and Rescue, Disaster Response, SWAT, Hazardous Device Team, Crisis Negotiations and the Rapid Deployment Force.

Captain Mark Pergola began his law enforcement career in 1990. He has a wide range of experience and has held several positions during his career such as a Deputy Sheriff, Canine Handler, Flight Officer, Financial Crimes Investigator/Sergeant, SNP Sergeant, Auto Theft Sergeant, Technical Support Sergeant, Honor Guard Team Commander, Watch Commander, and Investigative Lieutenant.

Captain Pergola is a native of Boston Massachusetts and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections before relocating to Florida. Captain Pergola served in the United States Navy Reserve and was a part of Operation Noble Eagle. He is currently working to earn a bachelor's degree from Columbia College, is actively involved with the National Tactical Officers Association as an instructor, and serves on the Central Florida Domestic Security Task Force, Region V Anti-Terrorism Task Force as well as administering the Region V Bomb Making Awareness Program.


Director Pierre-Louis
Director Marc-Garcia Pierre-Louis Sr. – Inmate Health Service Division
Director Marc-Garcia Pierre Louis Sr. currently serves as the Director of the Inmate Health Services Division at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

Director Pierre-Louis joined the Seminole County Sheriff’s office in August 2018. He is an Advanced Practitioner Registered Nurse (APRN) and worked as a Primary Care Provider at Orange Blossom Family Health for three years and was voted their 2017 Employee of Year. Director Pierre-Louis was the Health Service Administrator for the Osceola County Corrections Health Services Department from 2000 to 2014. While there, he led the jail towards obtaining their first NCCHC and FCAC Accreditations. He also implemented the jail’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) and converted their system to a paperless medical department. During his tenure at Osceola, his staff turnover rate was less than 3%. He also worked in Rockland County, New York as a Medical Administrator of an assisted living facility before migrating to Florida in 2000.

Having graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1995, Director Pierre-Louis is a Haitian Native, a Civil Engineer by trade, and he speaks French, Creole, and English. He obtained his Master Degree in Nursing from South University and his Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a certification for Legal Nurse Consultant from the University of Central Florida.


Director Rumph
Director Ramona Rumph - Communications Division
Director Ramona Rumph currently serves as Director of the Communications Division where she oversees the Communications Center, which is responsible for handling all incoming calls for service for law enforcement within unincorporated Seminole County and five municipalities within the county

Director Rumph began her career in law enforcement in 1987 as a Dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Office. She ascended though the civilian ranks and has served as Dispatcher II, Trainer, Supervisor, and Manager before being promoted to Director of the Communications Center.

Director Rumph has participated in a number of leadership and supervisory courses throughout her career. She is also responsible for assisting in maintaining our agency accreditations through APCO International (Leaders in Public Safety Communications) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA).


Captain Shaw
Captain Ronald J. Shaw, Jr. - Judicial Services Division
Captain Ron Shaw currently serves as the Captain over Judicial Services under the Department of Law enforcement, where he oversees and is responsible for the operations of the Criminal Justice Center, Juvenile Justice Center, Civil Courthouse, Civil Section, Public Safety Building security, and County Services Building security.

Captain Shaw started his career in law enforcement in 1993 with the Volusia County Department of Corrections before joining the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in 1996. Captain Shaw has worked through the ranks at the Sheriff’s Office and has held the following titles during his time at SCSO: critical response team commander, lieutenant, sergeant, field training detention deputy, and detention deputy.

Captain Shaw is a board member of First Step Florida and has served as an adjunct professor for both Seminole State College and Florida Technical College. Captain Shaw holds certifications in both corrections and law enforcement, and he is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and Management from Mountain State University.


Director White
Director Stephen White - Technology Solutions Division
Director Steve White currently serves as Director of the Technology Solutions Division where he oversees and is responsible for all of the information technology used within the agency.

Director White joined the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in January of 2009. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Steve worked for the Electric Power Research Institute as an IT Manager.

Director White possesses a Master of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and has facilitated teaching classes in Digital Forensics at BU. He is a Region 5 representative for the Data Sharing Consortium, a group that promotes data sharing amongst Law Enforcement agencies within the State of Florida. He also sits on the CJJIS Emerging Technologies Sub Committee and recently sat on the State Domestic Security Coordinating Group Cyber Terrorism Focus Group.





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Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6600