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Commander Rich Snyder

Commander Rich Snyder began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 as a Patrol Deputy after three years of service in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and investigator. While serving, he participated in the 1983 invasion of Grenada.

He later worked in the Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant and Lieutenant. After a brief stint in the Robbery/Auto Theft Unit, he was promoted to Captain of the Special Investigations Division, which includes Narcotics and the Intel Unit.

Commander Snyder currently serves as Assistant Bureau Commander for the Patrol Bureau, comprising six Patrol Districts, the Special Operations Division, Youth Services, Watch Commanders and Communications Divisions. He was a SWAT Team member for 14 years, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and two Combat Crosses. He also served as an Explosive Entries Lead and Team Leader as well as a 9-year member of the Waterborne Strike Team, leaving in 2015 as the Team Leader.

As a member of Special Operations, Commander Snyder received extensive training in waterborne operations, explosives breaching, methamphetamine cleanup decontamination and FBI hostage rescue techniques.

Commander Michael Warner

Commander Michael “Pop” Warner is a native of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.  As a young man he was active in scouting, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  At Red Bank Regional High School, he was a three-sport varsity athlete and President of the National Honor Society.

He received a congressional nomination to the United States Naval Academy where he played varsity soccer, made the Commandant's List for Academic Achievement and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.  He graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.

Pop completed U.S. Navy Flight Training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1980.  Sea duty tours were with LAMPS MKI squadrons, flying the SH-2F helicopter, first with HSL-37 at NAS Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii, and then with HSL-35 and HSL-84 at NAS North Island, San Diego, Calif.  He was the first Navy Pilot selected to undergo and evaluate a new Helicopter Air Combat Maneuvering (ACM) syllabus specifically designed for LAMPS aircraft by the Marine Aviation Weapons & Tactics School (MAWTS) in Yuma, Ariz.  In 1987, while serving as Officer-in-Charge of HSL-35 Detachment TWO, Pop distinguished himself during National Interest Special Operations aboard the USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) while en route to the Persian Gulf for Operation EARNEST WILL.

Shore duty assignments included multiple tours with the Naval Air Training Command as a Primary Flight Instructor where he accumulated more than 4,000 Instructional Hours in the T-34C.  Pop is a graduate of the Naval Aviation Safety Officers Course, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. Command tours were with Training Squadron THREE (VT-3) and eventually Training Air Wing FIVE (TAW-5) at NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Fl.

His final assignment was as Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) for the great State of Florida.  He served with distinction during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons and volunteered to help support the states of Mississippi and Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina.  Pop retired at the rank of Captain (O-6), United States Navy with 30 years of commissioned service.

Pop was hired by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on April 02, 2007.  He graduated from the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy at the age of 51 becoming a Certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida.  He was immediately assigned to our Aviation Division as a Deputy Sheriff (Pilot).  Pop took command of the Aviation Division in September 2008 and he continues to serve in that capacity today.

Pop is an FAA licensed Airline Transport Pilot: Airplane Multi-Engine Land. His Commercial Pilot Privileges include Airplane Single-Engine Land, Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Instrument-Helicopter.

Pop is a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, the Association of the United States Navy, the Naval Helicopter Association, and a lifetime member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.  He spends his leisure time saltwater fishing throughout the state and he currently resides in Lehigh Acres.

Commander James Amrich

Commander James Amrich began his law enforcement career in 2000 as an Officer with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office in Freehold, New Jersey, where he served until 2005. He also was Honorably Discharged after serving in the United States Air Force and New Jersey Air National Guard as an In-Flight Refueling Operator from 1988 until 2003. During his time in the military, he was deployed for three tours in the Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom).

In 2005, Commander Amrich relocated to Fort Myers and joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as a Law Enforcement Deputy. He has held several positions to include Community Policing Deputy, Narcotics Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Sergeant, Homicide/Violent Crimes Sergeant, Field Support and Highway Interdiction Lieutenant, and Homicide/Violent Crimes and Special Victims Lieutenant.

Commander Amrich currently is assigned as the Assistant Bureau Commander of Criminal Investigations. This Bureau includes Major Crimes, Robbery, Grand Theft Auto, Economic Crimes, Special Investigations, Forensics and Civil.

Commander Amrich attended numerous specialized training courses throughout his time in New Jersey and Florida. These include firearms instructor, side handle baton instructor, chemical agent instructor, basic life support instructor, police background investigations and hiring, interview and interrogations, incident command, field training officer, line supervision, middle management, active shooter and homicide investigation.

Commander Amrich resides in Cape Coral.

Major Traci Estep

Major Traci Estep began her career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a civilian employee in Central Records and Warrants.

She later transferred to the Corrections Bureau and became an Officer, attended the Crossover Academy and earned her Law Enforcement accreditation. She also worked undercover in the Narcotics Unit, achieved the rank of Supervising Sergeant in the Patrol Bureau and conducted Criminal Investigations. She rose to Community Policing Lieutenant in Patrol before becoming Captain of Internal Affairs and Commander of Professional Standards.

Major Estep currently serves as Major of Professional Standards, overseeing Internal Affairs, Accreditation, Training, Human Resources, Central Records, Inspections and Public Services.

Originally from West Virginia, Major Estep has resided in Lee County since 1982. She is pursuing a degree in public administration and served 4 years on the board for the Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and outdoor activities.

Captain Todd Garrison

Captain Todd Garrison began his law enforcement career in June 1992 as a Police Officer for the Town of Kenneth City, Florida.  He joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in March 1994 as a West District Patrol Deputy.  It didn’t take long before his interpersonal skills were put to use as a Community Policing Deputy for the Harlem Heights Community.  During this time period, he also became a Field Training Officer, helping new Deputies in his district learn the ropes of their chosen profession emphasizing officer safety; effective, equal enforcement of the law; agency policy and procedures; community relations; and, much more. 

In 1996, he was transferred up the ladder of experience to the Criminal Investigations Division, specifically as a Detective in the Robbery Auto Theft Unit and later the Joint Auto Theft Task Force.  A promotion to Sergeant came in the new millennium while still assigned to the task force.  Agency reorganization in 2001 added more responsibility as supervisor, now overseeing the Major Crimes Division, Robbery/Homicide Unit.  Toward the end of 2003, it was back to the road, as a North District Patrol and Selective Enforcement Team Sergeant. 

A new Sheriff and recognition of his expertise in Auto Theft brought him back to the specialty unit in 2005.  Later that same year, he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Special Operations Division before once again taking on a patrol role as Assistant Commander in Echo (Central) District from 2007 to 2013. 

In March 2013, fresh out of the FBI Academy, he was asked to become Assistant Commander of the Civil Division, where foreclosures, domestic violence injunctions and subpoena service were at record levels. His latest advancement and achievement is promotion to Captain, assuming command of the Bravo (East) District Patrol based in Lehigh Acres.  He also retains command of the Hostage Negotiation Team (he has been a member of the team continuously since 1997). 

Among his many accomplishments, Captain Garrison has earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Edison State College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Hodges University; and is a graduate of the Executive Academy of Government Leadership and Ethics from Florida Gulf Coast University.  He also is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Session 252.

Captain Brian Jakacki

Captain Brian Jakacki began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Patrol Deputy after four years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

He worked patrol in West, Central and North Districts before his promotion to Criminal Investigation Detective in North and Central Districts. He attained the rank of Supervising Sergeant in Central District and Criminal Investigations Sergeant in Central District before reaching the rank of Lieutenant as Assistant Commander of the Civil Division. He later became Assistant District Commander of South District.

His current role is Commander and Captain of Central District. Captain Jakacki holds an associates in criminology degree from Florida SouthWestern and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Hodges University. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, boating, fishing and spending time with his family.

Captain Matthew Herterick

Captain Matthew Herterick began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a Patrol Deputy after moving here from Rhode Island in 1996.  Prior assignments include working as a School Resource Officer and DARE instructor where he developed his passion for working with and helping children. Captain Herterick also was part of the Sex Offender Unit where he was responsible for monitoring sexual offenders. This led to his promotion to Detective within Major Crimes (Special Victim’s Unit) where he investigated sexually based crimes against children and adults. He later returned to Patrol as a Shift and CID Sergeant. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant, he became the Assistant Commander of the Island Coastal District (Gulf District).

As the current Gulf District Commander, Captain Herterick is actively involved in the community and with the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. He can be found taking part in the numerous functions and events out on the island. 

Captain Herterick was a member of the Special Operations Unit from 2004-2015 where he was an Assistant Team Leader, a Sniper and a member of the Explosive Breaching Team. He is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations Academy and Hathcock Sniper School, and has taken advanced classes in Intelligence Led Policing and Crisis Intervention Team training. He also served in the Army National Guard from 1996-2001 as an Intelligence Analyst where he obtained Top Secret Clearance.

When not at work, Captain Herterick enjoys spending time with family and coaching little league baseball.

Captain Blake Lee

Captain Blake Lee began his law enforcement career with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in 1989. He later joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a Deputy Sheriff. During his tenure with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office he has been exposed to multiple facets of this organization, where he has grown in his profession and has had the opportunity to ascend throughout the ranks.

Prior assignments include Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Investigations as a member of the Field Support Unit (F.S.U.)  He later worked as a District Supervising Sergeant and Criminal Investigations Supervisor before earning the rank of Lieutenant. As a District Assistant Commander he was involved in the supervision of the District’s day-to-day operations.  Additionally, he has served as a Staff Inspector, Youth Services Division Commander and Watch Commander. Captain Lee’s current role is as the District Commander of South District. 

Captain Lee is also the agency’s Deputy Incident Commander, responsible for operational oversight and the development of objectives, strategies and tactics in the event of a major emergency. He also assists in coordinating with other public safety organizations, federal agencies and other personnel critical to the incident. Captain Lee was a hostage negotiator for 18 years, most recently as the unit’s assistant commander.

Captain Lee grew up and was educated in Latin America. As a result, he is a polyglot, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, which helped develop and shape his multi-cultural perspective. He has been a resident of Bonita Springs since 1993.

Captain Lee remains committed to the community he serves through active outreach and community level involvement and participation. 

Captain Christopher Reeves

Captain Christopher ReevesCaptain Christopher Reeves began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Patrol Deputy after four years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

Prior assignments include working as a South District Criminal Investigations Detective and involvement with the Narcotics Unit, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the regional Combined Law Enforcement Against Narcotics (CLEAN) Task Force, for which he became project manager upon achieving the rank of Lieutenant. During that time period, he served briefly as supervising Sergeant in North District.

Captain Reeves later commanded the Special Investigations Division, which includes the Narcotics, Highway Interdiction and Intel Sections, until 2013 when he became North District Commander. Captain Reeves was raised in North Fort Myers and attended North Fort Myers High School. He remains committed to the community in which he lives through active outreach and annual food and toy drives. He has coached Pop Warner football in North Fort Myers for 20 years. Captain Reeves and his wife, Kelly, have four children. His daughter and son-in-law also work for the Sheriff’s Office.

He is a graduate of the DEA’s prestigious Drug Unit Commanders Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Major John Haberman

Major John Haberman began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a Patrol Deputy after six years of service in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and a criminal investigator in their narcotics division.

He later worked undercover in the Narcotics Unit, the regional Combined Law Enforcement Against Narcotics (CLEAN) Task Force and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, rising to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he also was a Patrol supervisor and supervisor of the Intelligence Unit. He served three years as a Lieutenant Watch Commander before rising to the rank of Captain in Patrol responsible for the East District. Major Haberman also served as Assistant Bureau Commander for both the Patrol Bureau and Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Major Haberman currently serves as Major of the Patrol Bureau, overseeing six Patrol Districts, the Special Operations Division, Youth Services, Watch Commanders and Communications Divisions. He was one of the original members of the Waterborne Strike Team as well as a Team Leader for the Special Operations Unit, where he was a member for 12 years.

A Florida native, Major Haberman received his undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from Hodges University and a Master’s Degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in criminal justice. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves on its National Police Administration Committee. Major Haberman is also an adjunct instructor at the Southwest Florida Public Safety Academy concentrating in Defensive Tactics, Vehicle Operations, Physical Fitness and Tactical Operations.

Undersheriff Carmine Marceno

UndersheriffUndersheriff Carmine Marceno began his career at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a Lieutenant in the Public Services Division after a distinguished law enforcement career in Suffolk County, New York, and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The Bronx native started in Suffolk County in 1996. He joined the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 as a Patrol Deputy, and worked with numerous units within the agency. He transitioned to a larger public liaison role in community policing, eventually retiring as Assistant to Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. In 2012 he was awarded the Collier County’s Distinguished Public Service Award, given to the county’s top public servant.

After Public Services, Undersheriff Marceno became Executive Officer to Sheriff Mike Scott and assumed supervisory responsibilities for day-to-day operations as a member of Command Staff. He also expanded his community engagement, officially representing the Sheriff in his absence. In his new position, Undersheriff Marceno now plays an even larger role in day-to-day operations in all aspects of the agency.

Undersheriff Marceno is scheduled to attend the FBI National Academy in January 2017 and is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a member of the South American Theft Group Intelligence Network, which focuses on Transnational Criminal Networks operating in South Florida and elsewhere. He also volunteers as a board member for Pickup the Ball, a local group dedicated to reaching young people at risk through sports.

Major Eric Smith

Major Eric Smith began his career in 1993 and has worked in many different areas within the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, including Corrections, Road Patrol, Traffic, Major Crimes, Narcotics, District Detective and Marine Unit. He is dual certified in both Corrections and Law Enforcement.

Major Smith currently serves as the Major of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which oversees the Civil, Economic Crimes, Forensics Highway Interdiction, Major Crimes and Special Investigations Divisions.

Eric and his wife, Jennifer, were raised in Lee County and have four children.

Major Scott Hall

Major Scott Hall began his career as a Corrections Officer with the New York State Department of Correctional Services in 1985 after being Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force, where he served as a Security Police Officer.

Major Hall joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy in 1995.  During his career he has held several specialty and supervisory positions, including Team Leader and Assistant Commander for the Correctional Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiation Team member and Florida Model Jail Standards Jail Inspector.

He was a member of Class #5 of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy in 2010 and served as a mentor twice for classes #8 and #11.

Major Hall currently is assigned as the Ortiz Site Commander and oversees the Core Facility and the Community Programs Unit.

He resides in Cape Coral with his wife, Debbie.

Chief Deputy Gil Allen

Gil AllenChief Deputy Gill Allen began his career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1990, starting out as a Patrol Deputy and advanced through the ranks. Chief Deputy Allen has held command positions in the Patrol Bureau, Administration Bureau, Major Crimes, Planning and Research, Watch Commander, District Commander and, most recently, Colonel in charge of all Law Enforcement Operations.

During his time in the Major Crimes Unit, he assisted in the investigations of many notable cases such as the Lords of Chaos and the tragic homicide of “baby” Grodin. 

The Chief is a native of Lee County, a third generation Floridian and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Major Kathy Rairden

Kathy RairdenMajor Kathryn Rairden was born and raised in Naples, Florida where she is a graduate of Naples High School and Edison State College. Major Rairden started her law enforcement career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in November of 1993 assigned to Road Patrol. She most recently served as the Delta District Commander after spending time in Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, Sex Crimes Investigations and Internal Affairs. Over the years she has risen through the ranks to her current position as Patrol Major.



Major Bill Kalstrom

Bill KalstromBill Kalstrom has been with the agency for 19 years. 16 of those years were in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. The majority of his work was in the Major Crimes Unit, specializing in Homicide and Cold Case investigations. He is also a veteran Polygraphist and graduated from the International Academy of Polygraph. He is a member in good standing of the American Association of Police Polygraphists and the Florida Polygraph Association.

Bill is a second generation Floridian and has lived in Lee County since 1971. He has been married to Arlene for 35 years and they have two children.



Executive Director Bill Bergquist

Bill BergquistWilliam C. Bergquist is a third-generation Floridian with strong ties to the Fort Myers area where his mother and his grandfather both were born. In addition, his great-grandfather served as Lee County Property Appraiser in the early 1900s.  He graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Finance. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration from IMPAC University.

His professional career has been in the public service sector, starting with Budget and Operations for Lee County Parks and Recreation. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1999 and currently works as Executive Director of Civilian Operations, where he serves as a liaison to other governmental agencies.

Outside of work, he remains strongly involved in the local community with his family and church, including coaching, teaching and other leadership activities. He and his wife, Bonnie, have six wonderful children.

Major Bobby Johnson

Bobby Johnson Major Bob Johnson started with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1983 as a Correctional Officer. In 1990 he transferred to Road Patrol and over the years, as he worked up the rank structure, he worked in Property Crimes, Major Crimes, Internal Affairs, Undercover Drug Task Force (C.L.E.A.N.), Training Division, Corrections Investigations Division, Special Investigations Division, and finally coming full circle as Major over the Patrol Bureau.

Bob attended the 231st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia in 2007.
Bob has a Bachelors degree in Business Management as well as a Masters degree in Criminal Justice.
Bob has also been an adjunct instructor at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy since 1988.
 Bob has been married almost 30 years to his beautiful wife Ann, and has two grown children, Beth and Chris.

Colonel Gene Sims

Gene SimsColonel Gene Sims was born and raised in Lee County, Florida where he began his law enforcement career with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in April 1979, as a Special Deputy (Auxiliary Deputy). It was not long before he was bitten by the law enforcement bug and in January 1980 began his full time career. He began as a Deputy Sheriff and has risen through the ranks to his current rank of Colonel. He has served and held command positions in the agency’s Patrol, Administration, and Special Operations Bureaus. 

Colonel Sims holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration. He has been a high liability adjunct instructor for the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy for the past 27 years; currently serving as the Range master, overseeing the firearms program. He also serves as the Chairman of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Region Ten Training Council.

Colonel Sims graduated from the FBI National Academy, 201st session, June, 2000. He is an active member of the Florida Chapter serving as an Area Representative under the Tampa Region. His NA experiences, friendships, and membership are priceless and will continue long after retirement.

After thirty-three years with the Sheriff’s Office, Colonel Sims is still excited by his responsibilities and duties. “It is a true honor to work with the fine men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, in a highly professional organization.”

Major Jim Jones

Jim Jones Major James “Jim” Jones is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and currently the Commander of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau. The Criminal Investigations Bureau consists of the Homicide Unit, Special Victim’s Unit, Robbery Unit, Grant Theft Auto Unit, Economical Crimes Unit, Victim Advocate Unit, Missing Persons Unit, Narcotics Unit, Intelligence Unit, Civil Unit and the Forensics Unit.

Past assignments include Corrections Officer, Corrections Field Training Officer, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Field Training Officer, Patrol Supervisor at the Sergeant rank, Property Crimes Detective, Homicide Detective, Homicide Detective Sergeant, Special Victim’s Unit Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant on Road Patrol and Captain of the Major Crimes Unit.

Major Jones is also the Commander of the Underwater Operations Unit (Dive Team). 

Major Jones spent a majority of his career working homicides cases and his most notable case was the Gretchen Grodin case. 

Jim lives in Cape Coral with his wife Alma and four wonderful children. Jim is active with the Boy Scouts of America, where is the Assistant Scout Master for Troop 330 and is a volunteer with Hope Hospice. Jim is an avid boater and if he isn’t on his boat you’ll find him riding his 2009 Street Glide Harley Davidson.

Major James Barraco

James BarracoMajor James Barraco began his career in Corrections with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1989.  During his time in the Corrections Bureau he has held many positions and worked his way through the ranks to include his present position as the Downtown Site Commander. 

In this position Major Barraco oversees the daily operations of the Main Downtown Jail, the Security and Inspections Division, the Juvenile Detention Center, and Court Operations.  He is dual certified in both Corrections and Law Enforcement.

Major Barraco is married and has two teenage children.

Colonel Tom Eberhardt

Tom EberhardtColonel Tom Eberhardt is the Corrections Bureau Commander for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The Colonel holds Florida Corrections and Law Enforcement Certificates and his current responsibilities include the operations of three Correctional Facilities with a housing capacity of 2,016 inmates as well as the Court Operations Unit whom provide security to the Justice Center Complex with a total staff of 475 certified and 131 civilian support personnel.

Colonel Eberhardt started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1993. During his tenure he has held various positions within the agency to include Transition Team Supervisor, Correctional Emergency Response Team Leader and Staff Inspector. Most recently, he served as the Commander of the Ortiz Site, overseeing two facilities, the Bureau’s budget, contracts, technical and security systems, as well as planning & research.

Tom also currently serves on the Florida Sheriff’s Association Executive Advisory Committee and is a Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association Commission.  He has written several articles for the Corrections Today Magazine and is a Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission inspector.

In his spare time, Colonel Eberhardt can be seen and heard playing guitar for his Church or jamming with other musicians.

Colonel Tom Ellegood

Tom Ellegood Colonel Thomas W. Ellegood joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 and is a second generation member of the agency following his father (retired). Thomas holds both a Florida Corrections as well as Law Enforcement certification and has been assigned to both Bureaus. He currently is assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau. Thomas has advanced through the ranks and has held a wide variety of positions giving him a well rounded education and experience.

His wife who is also a member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and his daughter are instrumental to his success, both personal and professional.

Outside of his professional interests, he fishes, boats, and enjoys time with family, close friends and the family dog.

John Holloway

Chief of Operations John Holloway joined the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 following more than two decades of experience as a police officer, detective and trial attorney in Lee and Collier Counties.  His current role overseeing LCSO’s Operations and Legal Services Bureaus allows him to bring his training and experience in law enforcement and the practice of law to an agency steeped in the tradition of excellence and integrity.

As a police officer and detective for the City of Naples Police and Emergency Services Department, in addition to his regular assignments, Chief Holloway was certified and performed as a Critical Incident/Hostage Negotiator, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor.  As a Detective, Chief Holloway conducted and participated in investigations into a wide variety of crimes, ranging from thefts, frauds, money laundering and robberies to homicides.  Chief Holloway, as a Naples Police Detective, and in conjunction with other state and federal agencies, operated both as supervising and undercover officer in numerous narcotics-related investigations and interdiction operations throughout Florida and elsewhere.

While employed with the Naples Police Department, Chief Holloway attended the Shepard Broad Law School at Nova Southeastern University, where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree.

Chief Holloway is married with 4 children. His wife, Kathleen, and his daughter, Marissa, are both attorneys employed in corporate management positions.  His daughter Morgan is a hospital based Speech-Language Pathologist; and his two youngest children, Corazon and Turner, attend local middle schools.