Major Eric Smith began his career in 1993 and has worked in many different areas within the agency. He is dual certified and has worked many assignments to include; Corrections, Road Patrol, Traffic Unit, Major Crimes, Narcotics, District Detective and Marine Unit. Major Smith currently serves as the Major of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. This division includes Major Crimes, Robbery, Grand Theft Auto, Economic Crimes, Special Investigations, Forensics and Civil.
Eric and his wife Jennifer were raised in Lee County and they have four children.
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.
In 1995, Scott relocated to Ft. Myers, Florida and joined the Lee County Sheriffs Office, as a Corrections Deputy. During his career he has held several specialty and supervisory positions to include Team Leader and Assistant Commander for the Correctional Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiation Team member and Florida Model Jail Standards Jail Inspector.
Scott 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 is currently assigned as the Ortiz Site Commander and oversees the Core Facility and the Community Programs Unit.
Scott resides in Cape Coral with his wife Debbie.
Chief 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 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.
Bill 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.
William C. Bergquist is a third generation Floridian with strong ties to the Fort Myers area where his mother and his grandfather were both born. In addition, his great grand- father served as the Property Appraiser for Lee County in the early 1900’s. He has been married for twenty years to his lovely wife Bonnie and they have six wonderful children. He graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Finance, and holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration from IMPAC University.
His working career has been in the public service sector where he worked in County Administration serving in Budget and Operations and in the Parks and Recreation area in Lee County Government. He currently works at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as the Executive Director of Civilian Operations and serves as a liaison to other governmental agencies.
He remains strongly involved in the local community, outside of work, with his family and his church. He also stays very active in coaching, teaching and other leadership activities.
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 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 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 Barraco started his career in Corrections with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in October of 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 many units involving the everyday operations of the Main Downtown Jail and Court Operations. He is also a certified Florida Model Jail Standards Inspector.
Major Barraco is also married and has two teenage children which is an integral part of his personal life.
Colonel Tom Eberhardt started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1993. During his tenure Tom 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 for the Corrections Services Division, overseeing the Bureau’s budget, contracts, technical and security systems, planning & research as well as serving as public information officer. Tom also currently serves on the Florida Sheriff’s Association Executive Advisory Committee.
Colonel Eberhardt oversees the operations of two Correctional Facilities with an inmate housing capacity of 1,552 and a staff of 343 certified and civilian support personnel. He has written several articles for the Corrections Today Magazine and is a certified Florida Model Jail inspector and Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission inspector. Tom has lived in Lee County for 33 years residing in Fort Myers with his wife of 25 years, Lori.
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 and is currently 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.
Executive Director John Holloway’s role at the
Lee County Sheriff’s Office 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.
Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, Director Holloway practiced as a trial attorney in Lee and Collier Counties, a career that followed over two decades experience as a police officer and detective, culminating with his retirement from the City of Naples Police and Emergency Services Department.
During his career as a police officer and detective, in addition to his regular assignments, Director Holloway was certified and performed as a Critical Incident/Hostage Negotiator, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor. As a detective, Director Holloway conducted and participated in investigations into a wide variety of crimes, ranging from thefts, frauds, money laundering and robberies to homicides. Director 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, Director Holloway attended the Shepard Broad Law School at Nova Southeastern University, where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree.
Director Holloway is married with 4 children. His wife, Kathleen, and his daughter, Marissa, are both attorneys employed in management roles with local corporations; his daughter Morgan is completing her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology, and his two youngest children, Corazon and Turner attend a local grade school.