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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


Chief Tomeo Chief Lou Tomeo - Department of Law Enforcement
Chief Louis Tomeo is a 21-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. In his role as the Department of Law Enforcement Chief, he provides oversight to the Sheriff’s Office uniformed patrol division, investigative divisions, Special Operations Division, and Forensics Services Division. Chief Tomeo began his law enforcement in 1990 working with the Altamonte Springs Police Department. Six years later, he joined the Sheriff's Office and worked as a City/County Investigative Bureau agent before his promotions to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and most recently chief. Chief Tomeo and his wife of 20 years, Kellie, have three children, Victoria, Louis Jr. and Vincent. He enjoys coaching football, playing golf, and traveling in his spare time.

Phone number: 407-665-6462


Chief Smith Chief of Staff Heather Smith - Office of the Sheriff
Heather Smith is the chief of staff and is responsible for providing executive-level support to the Office of the Sheriff, leading agency-wide strategic initiatives, liaising with external stakeholders, and steering employee engagement and community outreach efforts. She oversees the Public Affairs Division, the Professional Standards Division, and the Sheriff’s community advisory boards. Chief of Staff Smith joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2011 and headed the Sheriff’s Office’s Public Affairs Division for five years. As public affairs director, she led the agency’s community outreach arm - managing the public information team, Neighborhood Services Unit, volunteer and reserve deputies, school crossing guard program, and Code Enforcement Unit. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, Chief of Staff Smith served with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 16 years, working in a variety of management, analysis, and policy development roles before being named the director of external affairs in 2007. Chief of Staff Smith is a board member for Central Florida CrimeLine, a member of the Board of Directors for HOPE Helps, and serves as the sheriff's delegate on Seminole County's Animal Control Board. She is a previous Vice-President of the Florida Public Relations Association's Orlando Chapter and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Central Florida's Nicholson School of Communication. Chief of Staff Smith has a bachelor's degree from Stetson University in psychology, a master's degree from the Florida State University in criminology, and holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). She is a graduate of Class #22 of Leadership Seminole.

Phone number: 407-665-6462


Chief Bedard Chief Laura Bedard, PhD - Department of Corrections and Judicial Services
Dr. Laura E. Bedard began her work in corrections as a jail administrator over 33 years ago. Currently, she serves as the chief over the Department of Corrections and Judicial Services at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. In this role, she oversees courts services and transportation, administrative services/intake, security operations services, inmate healthcare services, and county probation. 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. There 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.

Phone number: 407-665-1201


Chief Bryan Chief Sharon Bryan - Department of Youth Services
Sharon Bryan is the chief of the Department of Youth Services at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. She oversees the Child Protective Services Division, the Juvenile Justice Division, and the School Safety Division. Chief Bryan has been with the Sheriff's Office for almost 20 years and has held a number of positions within youth services including working with juvenile probation, assessment, prevention, and enforcement. Sharon 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, Children's Cabinet of Seminole County, Recovery House of Central Florida and Inspire of Central Florida. Chief Bryan is dedicated to helping every child in our community.

Phone number: 407-665-6462


Chief Spriggs Chief Lisa Spriggs - Department of Administrative Services
Lisa Spriggs has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since 2012. She serves as the chief over the Department of Administrative Services. In this role, she oversees support and business functions of the Sheriff’s Office including Technology Services, Human Resources, Fiscal Services, Fleet Services and the agency's Communication Center. Previous to joining the Sheriff's Office Chief Spriggs served Seminole County for nine years under the Board of County Commissioners as the director of the Department of Resource Management. Prior to joining Seminole County Chief Spriggs spent six years as the director of the Department of Finance and Internal Support Services for the City of Deltona; four years as a manager of auditing and consulting with Wynn, Dextor, and Sampey, P.A.; and five years as a senior associate/associate with the national accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand.

Chief Spriggs is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1989. She attended Stetson University and holds a bachelor of business administration with a minor in business information systems. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts, Government Finance Officers Association, and Florida Public Human Resources Association. Chief Spriggs has served on various boards for not-for-profit entities and is the plan administrator of the City of Deltona Firefighters’ Pension Plan. In her free time, Chief Spriggs enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, going to the beach, horseback riding and spending time with her husband of 32 years Shawn and daughters Hayley (22 years) and Emily (20 years).

Phone number: 407-665-6462


Director Ahern Director Jennie Ahern - Forensics Services Division
Director Jennie T. Ahern is the Laboratory Director of the Forensics 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 Fingerprint Technician and a Latent Print Examiner at the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a Forensic Consultant for Lockheed Martin, a Crime Lab Analyst Supervisor, Senior Crime Lab Analyst, and Technical Leader for the Latent Print Discipline at Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She is a member of the International Association for Identification, Florida Division of the International Assoc. 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.

Phone number: 407-665-6927


Captain Beacham Captain Kip Beacham - Probation Division
Kip Beacham started his career in law enforcement almost 30 years ago working with the Florida Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer. He currently serves as the Captain over the Probation Division at the Sheriff’s Office. 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. Prior to this position he served as the Captain over the Court Services Division in charge of Judicial Security for the Criminal Justice Center, Juvenile Justice Center and the Civil Courthouses for three years; the Captain over Community Services Division in charge of Crime Prevention, Elder Services, Victims' Advocate, PIO and Weed & Seed for three years; the Captain 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 master’s degree in Transformational Leadership Bethune-Cookman University. He is also currently an active member of the Oviedo Rotary Club, Florida Hospital Foundation Board, Seminole Chairman for Meals on Wheels, Board Chairman for UNCF Seminole County.

Phone number: 407-665-1283


Director Blackwood Director John Blackwood - Fleet Services Division
Director John Blackwood is a 17-year veteran and oversees our Fleet Services Division. Prior to his career at the SCSO, he was the Seminole County Government Emergency Manager from 1997 to 2000. Part of that assignment also included overseeing the Public Safety / 911 Center and the County Fuel Tanks Program. Director Blackwood also served his country as Captain in the US Marine Corps. He was a Transportation Management Officer, receiving specialized training in Transportation and 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 Degree studies in Human Resource Management from Webster University. Director Blackwood is a graduate of the Command Officer Development Course and Leadership Seminole. He has previously served on the Ford Police Advisory Board and worked with Ford Motor Company in the development of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan. In 2015 -2016, Director Blackwood was selected as the Florida Sheriff’s Association / Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund Fleet Manager of the Year. Director Blackwood is actively serving on the Florida Sheriff’s Association Fleet Advisory Board, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crash Review Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

Phone number: 407-665-6952


Director Clayton Director Orville Clayton - Inmate Healthcare Services Division
Director Orville Clayton oversees the Healthcare Services Division at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. He has extensive experience with the Mental Health Community within Central Florida. His experience includes being a Mental Health Psychiatric Social Worker for Florida Hospital Altamonte Springs, Coordinator of Prevention Services for Aspire (formerly Seminole Community Mental Health Center), and Director of Mental Health Services for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Director Clayton has earned several licensures to include: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Corrections Manager by American Correctional Association and Certified Correctional Health Care Professional by the NCCHC. He is currently working to complete a Doctoral a degree program in Health Research and Administration. Director Clayton has been a keynote speaker at the University of Central Florida Graduation, and Eastern Florida State College Corrections Academy and Cross-over Academy Graduation.

Phone number: 407-665-1308


Captain Conway Captain Mark Conway - Professional Standards Division
Captain Mark Conway is a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He oversees the Professional Standards Division. Prior to his career with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Conway served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and was a Police Officer with the City of Winter Springs. Captain Conway joined SCSO as a Deputy Sheriff, then worked as a General Assignment Investigator, and was promoted to Sergeant. He was then promoted to Lieutenant, overseeing our Professional Standards Division, where he is now Captain of the unit. Captain Conway is a graduate of Columbia College and holds a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate of FDLE Leadership Academy, FDLE Senior Leadership Program, Leadership Seminole, and the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course. External membership affiliations include the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association, and Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association

Phone number: 407-665-6611


Captain Coscia Captain Mike Coscia - Child Protective Services Division
Captain Michael Coscia is a 17-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. He is the Captain of the Child Protective Services Unit. His experience at SCSO includes: Child Protective Investigator, Child Protective Investigator Supervisor, Deputy Sheriff (Seminole Neighborhood Policing), Investigator with Crimes Against Children, and Investigator with the Digital Forensic Unit. Captain Coscia was promoted several times while working within the Seminole Neighborhood Policing Division and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then as Lieutenant, serving as a Shift and Community Commander. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is certified as a Child Welfare Protective Investigator, Financial Crimes Investigators, and Forensic Computer Examiner. Prior to his career with SCSO, Captain Coscia served as an Educator with the Orange County School Board and as a Child Protection Investigator with the Department of Children and Families. He has completed numerous coursework and career development courses regarding Internet Crimes Against Children, 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.

Phone number: 407-665-6739


Director Fahlstrom Director Mary Fahlstrom - Technology Solutions Division
Mary Fahlstrom joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1997 bringing ten years of private sector experience in application development. She started her career at the Sheriff’s Office as a Programmer/Analyst progressing to Software Development Supervisor and then Manager. She currently serves as the Director of the Technology Solutions Division which delivers innovative technical products and services in alignment with strategic plans, identified business priorities, IT standards and the FBI CJIS Security Policy. Director Fahlstrom serves on numerous technical advisory boards and is a state certified All Hazards Type 3 Planning Section Chief.

Director Fahlstrom holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communications from Rollins College and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Science from Andover College in Portland, Maine.

Phone number: 407-665-6942


Captain Fortenberry Captain Tracey Fortenberry - Juvenile Justice Division
Tracy Fortenberry started his career in law enforcement in 1990. He currently serves as the Captain over the Juvenile Justice Division. In that role he oversees, our broad-based spectrum of services to target and address the unique issues that perpetuate juvenile crime. As well as the Juvenile Assessment Center, the Juvenile Detention Center, and the Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center. Prior to this role he has served in a number of capacities here at the Sheriff’s Office including, Deputy Sheriff, Field Training Deputy, Community Policing Unit, 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 Sergeant, and an Echo Sergeant. In 2006 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was the District 6 Commander, served as a Watch Commander, was the Domestic Security Division Lieutenant, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force Commander, and the City County Investigative Bureau Lieutenant.

Previously, he worked for Sun Bank in their data center for five years. Captain Fortenberry graduated from Seminole State College in YEAR, completed the Florida Sheriff’s Institute Commanders Academy Class #3, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and is considered a FGIA Advanced Gang Specialist. He sits on the Circuit 18 Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, is a Certified Quality Assurance Peer Reviewer for the Department of Juvenile Justice and serves on the Florida Gang Investigators Association. In his free time Captain Fortenberry serves as a committee member for Boy Scouts Troop 22 and is a current member of the Apopka Elks Lodge.

Phone number: 407-708-7657


Captain Francis Captain Rick Francis - School Safety Division
Captain Rick Francis is a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He oversees the School Safety Division. Captain Francis served in the United States Navy as a Combat Medic for 4 years then served in the Army Reserve for 2 years as a Flight Medic. He then began his law enforcement career with Florida Fish and Wildlife as a Marine Patrol Officer in 2003 prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2007. Throughout his time at the Sheriff’s Office 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, over specialized services then headed up our 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 serves as an adjunct Professor at Seminole State College since 2012 and Mercy College since 2016. Captain Francis attended the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course in 2014 and sits on the following boards- School Health Advisory Board, Youth Commission, Positive Behavior Pathways Committee, and the Domestic Security Task Force. He also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College in 1994 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 from Andrew Jackson University.

Phone number: 407-320-0049


Director Hope Directory Mary Hope - Fiscal Services Division
Director Mary Hope has been with the Seminole County Sheriff’s office for three years and is the Director of Fiscal Services, where she oversees the agency-wide budget requests and supervises several areas including accounting, payroll, facilities, material control and procurement/agreements. Director Hope is a Certified Public Accountant with over 27 years of governmental accounting, auditing and consulting experience. She is a member of several associations such as, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA), including Central Florida Chapter, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the American Payroll Association (APA). Director Hope is also a member of the Florida Sheriff's Association Executive Leadership Conference Financial Advisory Committee. SHe graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Florida State University in 1988 and a Master of Accounting degree from Florida State University in 1989.

Phone number: 407-665-6532


Captain Howard Captain Latisha Howard - Security Operations Division
Latisha 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 currently oversees Security Operations at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility and has the responsibility for the administration and management of operations in the Facility and the enforcement of policies and procedures. 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 is a graduate of the Senior Leadership Program through Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Leadership Academy, and the National Jail Leadership Command Academy. Captain Howard obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is actively pursuing her Bachelors of Arts Degree.

Phone number: 407-665-2422


Hunter Director Robert (Bob) Hunter - Human Resources Division
Bob Hunter joined the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in April 2017 as our Human Resources Director. Director Hunter has spent the last 11 years with Seminole County in various management roles, such as the Procurement Administrator, overseeing all contracts and purchasing associated with the County’s many multi-faceted construction and design projects. He most recently served as Seminole County’s Animal Services Division Manager 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 human resources matters. Prior to joining Seminole County, Director Hunter spent 14 years in the safety and security industry where he provided operational leadership as well as delivered training, led business development, managed grants, and handled personnel issues. Director Hunter received his B.A. in Computer Science from Rollins College, where he also received his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business. As our Human Resource Director, he leads our recruitment, hiring, and selection efforts, manages employee relations, insurance and benefits, and oversees the wellness program.

Phone number: 407-665-2335


Captain Carey Love Captain Carey Love - Domestic Security Division
Carey Love joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1994 and currently serves as the Captain over the Domestic Security Division. The Domestic Security Division is responsible for investigating, collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence information concerning criminal activity, international and domestic terrorism, pawn, street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, prolific offenders, crime analysis, warrants, inmate telephone monitoring, registered felons and sexual offenders/predators. Prior to this position she served as 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 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.

Phone number: 407-665-6637


Captain Shane Love Captain Shane Love - Court Services and Transportation Division
Shane Love serves as the Captain over the Court Services and Transportation Division at the Sheriff’s Office. In this role he oversees full law enforcement services for the three judicial facilities within Seminole County: the Criminal Justice Center, Juvenile Justice Center and Civil Courthouse as well as prisoner transport. The Division is charged with ensuring these facilities are secure and able to conduct court-related functions for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida. The division also houses the Civil Section who carry out the sheriff’s statutory responsibility for the service of process and execution of writs. Captain Love started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1996 and a number of diverse positions including, Corrections Officer, Patrol Deputy Sheriff, Civil Enforceable Investigator, Special Operations Range and Water Deputy, 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 Commander of the Rapid Deployment Force.

Prior to his career at the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Love served as a Correctional Officer with the Department of Corrections for three years. He has completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Senior Leadership Program Class #20, the FDLE Leadership Academy Class #24 and holds a United States Coast Guard Captain’s license. Internally, Captain Love assists our professional development unit by serving as a firearms, driving, defensive tactics, Taser and rifle instructor. In his free time Captain Love serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Seminole State College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Phone number: 407-665-6260


Captain Mills Captain Karen Mills - City County Investigative Bureau
Karen Mills is a 31-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. She currently serves as the Captain over the City/County Investigative Bureau which is the full-time, multi-agency task force comprised of agents from the SCSO, seven of the police departments within Seminole County, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Amtrak/Auto train. Previously, she has held a number of positions at the Sheriff’s Office including, Captain over Special Operations, Captain over East Division, Lieutenant over the East Division/Region, Lieutenant over District 4,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 266th. She is also a member of the Domestic Security Coordinating Group (Region 5) / Planning, Response, Recovery, Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Executive Board Member, 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.

Phone number: 407-665-6153


Captain Pergola Captain Mark Pergola - Special Operations Division
Captain Mark Pergola is a 21-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office overseeing our Special Operations Division and is a 27 year law enforcement professional. The Special Operations Division includes several units such as: Aviation, Emergency Management, Canine, Range & Water, Underwater Search and Recovery, Civilian Search and Rescue, Disaster Response, SWAT, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Crisis Negotiation and Rapid Deployment Force. 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 at 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.

Phone number: 407-708-7600


Captain Purcell Captain Dan Purcell - Diversified Investigative Services Division
Captain Dan Purcell started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a Reserve Deputy, a few short months later he become a full time deputy sheriff. Currently, he serves as the Captain over the Diversified Investigative Services division which is responsible for the investigation of complex, specialized crimes and augmenting law enforcement services with advanced technologies and support. Captain Purcell received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College in May 2006, a Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics from the University of Central Florida in December 2007, and a Master's of Science in Digital Forensics also from the University of Central Florida in December 2008. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 254 and Leadership Seminole Class #24. Captain Purcell grew up in Seminole County and graduated from Lake Brantley High School. He continues to call Seminole County his home where he and his family reside.

Phone number:407-665-6605


Captain Pisano Captain Sonia Pisano - Seminole Neighborhood Policing Division (patrol)
Captain Sonia Pisano is at 26-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office. She oversees Seminole Neighborhood Policing (road patrol), a concept that helps to develop strategies, programs and crime prevention methods to reduce crime and the fear of crime in communities. This proactive approach to public safety helps to provide education, an exchange of information and builds awareness to help prevent crimes before they occur. Captain Pisano has served as a Region Lieutenant, a night time Watch Commander, Lieutenant over the Traffic Unit, Lieutenant over the Field Training Program, Sergeant over Road Patrol, Coordinator of Victim Services, and has worked within our Drug Agent City/County Investigative Bureau. She was promoted to Lieutenant of Child Protective Services. Prior to her career with SCSO, she served as a Police Officer with the Winter Springs Police Department and was a Volunteer Victim Advocate. She is a Board Member for Just Our Soldiers Helpers, non-profit ships care packages to deployed solider.

Phone number: 407-665-6606


Director Rumph Director Ramona Rumph - Communications Center
Ramona Rumph began her career in law enforcement in 1987 as a dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Office. After holding that role, she ascended though the civilian ranks of our agency by holding the following positions, Dispatcher II, Trainer, Supervisor, Manager and currently serves as the Director of the Communications Center. The Sheriff’s Office Communications Center handles all incoming calls for service for law enforcement within unincorporated Seminole County and five municipalities within the county. 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 of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA).

Phone number: 407-665-6743


Captain Shaw Captain Ron Shaw - Administrative Services and Intake Division
Ron 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. He currently serves as the Captain over Administrative Services/Intake Division at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility which includes inmate classification, inmate programs and reentry, and intake/release. Captain Shaw has worked through the ranks at the Sheriff’s Office and has held the following positions, Critical Response Team Commander, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Detention Deputy. He is dual certified in corrections and law enforcement. Captain Shaw completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar and is an American Jail Association Certified Jail Manager. 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.

Phone number: 407-665-2422




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