Date: March 12, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Sheriff Crow Announces Several Promotions

Sheriff Crow is pleased to announce the promotions of the following supervisors within the Department of Law Enforcement:

Sgt. William "Bill" Mann will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Sgt. Mann has been with the agency for 14 years, and is currently the supervisor in charge of the Agricultural Crimes Unit. He has previously served and supervised in several capacities within the agency, including Patrol, Community Policing, Special Investigations - Intelligence & Narcotics, and Agricultural Crimes. He also was an integral part of the creation and implementation of the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Sgt. Mann graduated from Keshequa High School in upstate New York. Sgt. Mann has an A.A.S. degree from Finger Lakes Community College (NY); an A.A. degree from Saint Leo University; a Bachelor's degree from Saint Leo University; and is currently pursuing his Master's degree from Troy State University. He and his wife, Tracy, have been married for 14 years and have an 11-year-old son, Nathan, and an 8-year-old daughter, Ali. Lt. Bill Mann will be assigned to the Northwest District patrol.

D/S Kimberly Garrett is being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. D/S Garrett has a total of 20 years with the agency, and since that time has served in several capacities, including Patrol, Property Crimes, Special Investigations - Vice & Narcotics, Homicide, and the Special Victims Unit. Her current assignment is Inspector in Administrative Investigations. She graduated from Lakeland High School, has an A.S. degree from South Florida Community College, and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from Warner Southern. She is also a volunteer Mounted Deputy and owns her own horse, Lucky. She and her husband Brian, who is a Lieutenant at the agency, have been married 10 years.

D/S Shawn Sloan is being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and has been at PCSO for 11 years.  He is currently an Auto Theft detective in the Southeast District, and has previously worked in Patrol, Community Policing, Property Crimes, Special Investigations - Intelligence. He has been a member of the Emergency Response Team since 1997. D/S Sloan graduated from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, has an A.S. degree from Polk Community College, and is currently working on his Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College. He and his wife Beronica have one daughter, Sydney. He also has a 6-year-old daughter, Madison. Sloan's father, Richard Sloan, is a Major at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, in charge of the Technical Support Division.

Crime Scene Technician Laurie Ward is being promoted to the rank of Crime Scene Administrator. She is a 22-year veteran of the agency and has spent her entire career in Crime Scene, the past 9 of which she has been a supervisor. Laurie graduated high school in New York, holds an A.A.S. degree from Architectural Technology State University (NY), and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree from Southeastern College. Laurie has a 15-year-old son, Joshua.

Crime Scene Technician Roberta Case is being promoted to the rank of Crime Scene Supervisor. Roberta has been with the agency for 15 years, working as a Clerical Assistant, Data Entry, Data Analyst, and Executive Secretary, until she became a Crime Scene Technician in 1998. She graduated from Auburndale High School and is currently enrolled at Polk Community College. She and her husband, Conrad, who is a Deputy Sheriff, have been married for 6 years.

A promotional ceremony will be held at the Central County Jail in Bartow on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. The public and media are invited to attend.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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