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Sheriff Tom Knight (R)



Venice High School, Venice, Fla.; AA degree, criminology, Manatee Junior College, 1983; BS degree, criminology, Florida State University, 1986; graduate certificate, public management, University of South Florida, 2008; numerous continuing education training courses. 


Florida Highway Patrol, 1988-2008: field operations major, Troop C, Tampa; field operations captain, Troop H, Tallahassee; field operations lieutenant, Troop E, Miami, squad sergeant Troop F, Venice; trooper, Troop L, Fort Lauderdale; patrol officer, City of Sarasota Police Department, 1987-1988; elected Sheriff of Sarasota County, 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016.

"I couldn't ask for a more dedicated workforce, a better partnership with my community or a more beautiful place to call home."
~ Sheriff Tom Knight
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Honors and Affiliations 

Chief’s Challenge Award for best FHP troop, class president, Florida Highway Patrol, 81st Recruit Class; Governor Rick Scott’s Law and Order Transition Team, 2010; board member, Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, National Major Sheriffs’ Association; distinguished alumni, Florida State University School of Criminology/Criminal Justice, 2014; Leadership Florida, 2015.

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