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Sheriff Tom Knight (R)



Venice High School, Venice, FL; 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, Troop F, Venice; Squad Sergeant, Troop A, Marianna, Troop F, Venice; trooper, Troop L, Fort Lauderdale; patrol officer, City of Sarasota Police Department, 1987-1988; Criminology Intern, City of Tallahassee Police Department, 1986; 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, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2007; Whitey Knutsen Award, Manatee County Kiwanis Club, 1996; class president, Florida Highway Patrol, 81st Recruit Class; Governor Rick Scott's Law and Order Transition Team, 2010; board member, Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission; distinguished alumni, Florida State University School of Criminology/Criminal Justice, 2014; National Major Sheriffs Association; Leadership Florida, 2015.

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