Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.

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Congratulations to the Officers of the Year for the Year 2000!
Left to right, Sheriff Rick Roth, Detention Deputy Derek Paul,
Support Employee Olga Perez, Reserve Deputy Ted Migala,
Cadet Kira Jensen and Sgt. Donnie Fanelli. See page 8 for details.

Sheriff’s Report

Budget, salaries, other events

June is fast approaching, and so is the deadline for presenting our proposed budget for fiscal year 2001/2002 to the County Commission. Our priority this year, as in the past several years, will be to ask for a significant increase in salaries for our employees. Unfortunately, the trade off will probably be that our operating costs must remain the same as last year. I believe it is more important to continue to bring our salaries up in the hopes that some day our employees will receive a wage which allows them to stay with our agency and live comfortably in the most expensive county in Florida.

To that end, we have been studying the issues we are up against. We have found that, while our salaries have increased 29 percent since 1995, a significant amount, the cost of a single family house in the Keys has risen an average of 39 percent. That figure is higher in some areas of the Keys, of course, particularly in the lower Keys where the bulk of our employees live and work.

Additionally, as far as salaries go, we have so far managed to keep pace with the city of Key West, but they may soon overtake us in that area. They are asking for, and will probably receive, an 18 percent salary increase over the next three years. They also now provide take home cars to their law enforcement officers. Their retirement and vacation packages aren’t as good as ours, but they offer a comparable sick package and generally have access to more overtime and work details than we do. It is crucial that we be able to compete with other law enforcement agencies for employees, or we will begin to see our agency decline in the quality of those who apply with us.

I want you all to know I am committed to fighting for a significant salary increase for you this year. If we do not continue to keep pace with the Keys economy, we will begin to lose the battle to maintain our status as the most professional law enforcement agency in the Florida Keys.

Congratulations to our Employees of the Year. The employees chosen for this award deserve our praise for a job well done and should be proud of themselves and the work they have done. Thank you all for your efforts.

We have several upcoming events I would like to mention. Police Memorial Day will be held May 18th to honor the memories of officers killed in the line of duty in the past year. We were extremely fortunate not to lose any of our dedicated law enforcement officers last year, but we have lost a number of officers in the past and will also honor their memories on that day, as well as the memories of officers killed in the line of duty everywhere.

The Law Enforcement Games are coming up in June in Tampa. I encourage all those who are able to participate to do so. The games are a terrific way to get to know members of other law enforcement agencies, and they promote pride in our agency, and the importance of teamwork to get things done.

I don’t always get the opportunity to speak personally with the men and women who work for me, although I do my best to get out of my office as often as possible and meet as many as I can. I want to say I am proud of you all. I think we have the best law enforcement agency in the State of Florida and we should all take credit for the day to day effort that helps us maintain that status. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Ask the Administration

Question #1: I would like to know why it is that the Jail Records personnel or the supervisors do not get paid annual TB tests, or Hepatitis shots. It states clearly in the job description for these positions "Work surroundings present exposure to airborne and blood borne diseases, i.e. tuberculosis, hepatitis, AIDS, exposure to crabs, lice, maggots, pen sores and feces." I would also like to know why they do not get either higher pay or hazardous duty pay. If you say contact with inmates is minimal, well, I have walked down the hall by myself with one officer all the way to the other end of the hall with 12-15 inmates walking with me. If those inmates wanted to do something they could and the officer is too far away to do anything to help. The property officer has only a window and a countertop between him/her and inmates, and an officer is not always present. The bathrooms for the employees down in intake are out of sight and no cameras are around. That is where the trustees bring the trays out for lunch. There have been plenty of times when you have 7 inmates standing around waiting with trays in front of the bathroom doors and no officer around - we go use the bathroom and all they would have to do is push one of us into the bathroom and no one would know. We do not have a radio or a man down. I think we deserve more pay or hazardous pay, or you can just wait until something happens to someone and pay more in a settlement than you would have to this way.

Answered by Major Tommy Taylor: The breakdown of the question and the response is as follows:

Q. Why is it that jail records personnel or supervisors do not get annual TB tests?

A. This is a good idea and will be considered at the next staff meeting. Records personnel work does present exposure to airborne and blood borne diseases, i.e. tuberculosis, hepatitis and aids, exposure to crabs, lice, maggots, open sores and feces. However, the contact is minimal, and this information is part of the records assistants’ job description.

Q. I would like to know why records personnel do not get either higher pay or hazardous duty pay?

A. Request for a job upgrade must be submitted by the work place supervisor through the chain-of-command with justification to the Human Resources Director for a job analysis. The result of the analysis, if it calls for an upgrade, will be sent to the Sheriff for a final decision.

Q. The bathrooms for employees in Intake are out of sight and no cameras are around. We do not have a radio or a man down monitor.

A. There are two restrooms in the Intake area that are available to records clerks. One is in view of a security camera, inside the arresting officer’s report writing room. The other restroom is in front of the Classification Office. Records clerks can use either one of these, or the restroom in the upstairs Administration area as well. Man down units are now issued to all records clerks and must be worn when working in the secure envelope of the jail.

Records clerks are informed of the work environment and the hazards that come along with the position. Safety and security in the jail work environment is first and foremost and we are always focusing on improvement. Thank you for sharing your concerns.

Question #2: Has anyone ever thought to give an incentive bonus for longevity? I think it would give one more reason to stay and especially for those people who have reached the end of their pay scale. You could give at the same times you would give the plaques or you could start it after ten years or more.

Question #3: There are rumors, not that it should surprise anyone, and we would like to get this clarified. The answer is important when it comes to deciding where our loyalties lie and in making decisions about staying with this agency or looking elsewhere.

According to available public records: A new hire, from January 2001, in corrections is currently making a base salary of $32,696. By comparison, an employee who has been with the agency since January 1996 has a current base salary of $32,732. This long time, corrections Certified, employee is doing the same job, but has stayed here for 6 plus years while others have come and gone. According to these figures, his 6 years of dedicated service is worth about $36.00. That's about 6 bucks a year. Comparing other salaries for deputies who have been here for several years are also within a few hundred dollars of this new hires starting salary. They are doing the same job, but have shown their dedication to this agency.

Shouldn't we have some kind of program to offer an initiative to the employees that have made a commitment to the job? These people have committed their time and service to this agency. It is understandable that new hires may need programs to attract them to this expensive area, but those of us who have been here and chose to stay are in need of the help and encouragement too, perhaps even more.

Instead of "hiring bonuses" that have ranged up to $3000, and setting salaries at incomparable figures, maybe what we need to attract people to apply for our jobs is simply a living wage.....for everyone.

Note: Questions 2 and 3 relate to the same issues, so they are answered together, below:

Answered by Executive Director Michael J. Scott: In reality, a sworn law enforcement or corrections officer starts at the base salary of $29,724 per year. If he or she has experience ranging from one through five years they receive an additional 5% increase. If their experience is beyond five years they receive an additional 5%, for a total of 10% above the base salary.

The administration agrees that additional monetary incentives are important for us to retain our experienced and loyal officers and discussions are being held to further that end. For the last several years, the maximum of the pay grade has been increased by the full amount of the raise so that each year a member still benefits from the raise and continues to enjoy this increase based on their longevity. Vacation accrual rates currently range from 15 days during the first year and freeze at 25 days in the tenth year for sworn officers. This should answer both questions directed at this issue. Insofar as paying a "simple living wage" I certainly don't disagree, which is why, in the past three years alone, the sheriff has been successful in negotiations with the commission by obtaining a total of 18% in raises and increases. In comparison with other counties, some of whom receive little to no raise, we are moving forward. At this writing, we have no idea what sort of raise we will be receiving this year, however, the sheriff works very hard to insure that we become competitive. I suggest that each of you write your respective representatives and stress the need for increases that will support recruitment and retention within the office.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call me at 292-7044.

General News

E-mail and the Sheriff’s Office Network

Just a short note to talk about the appropriate use of the Sheriff’s Office e-mail system. The system, properly used, will help us all communicate more easily with each other. If it is rampantly misused, however, it will only serve to slow us all down.

E-mail should be used to get important messages to fellow employees in an expeditious manner. It can also be used to replace a phone call, with a short exchange of messages about a particular subject with one or more particular employees.

E-mail should not be used to send out en mass jokes, junk mail or “pyramid schemes” such as the recent one sent to everyone entitled “Outback Steakhouse”. Sending such messages is simply not acceptable. It is a waste of department time and resources.

Information Systems is working on creating a series of “mailing lists” for the system. If we can get this up and running, you will be able to choose a category of employee you wish to communicate with, i.e. road patrol, dispatch, corrections, support, etc. This should also help cut down on the number of e-mails sent to the entire agency.

The computer network, and our network e-mail system is a new tool for us all, and, like all tools, we must all learn to use it properly. Please consider carefully before sending out bulk e-mail messages. Make sure your message is, indeed, significant to everyone.

AFIX System gets first “Hit”

By Deputy Becky Herrin

Deputies and Detectives, listen up! The new Automated Fingerprint Information Expander, acquired by the Sheriff’s Office in January of this year, got it’s first “hit” on a latent print from an upper Keys case involving a criminal mischief to a vending machine in Plantation Key.

In January, the Sheriff’s Office received an AFIX machine, a localized fingerprint identification system which uses a database made up of fingerprints from local arrests and other sources to compare latent prints taken at local crime scenes. The machine was installed in Key West, and fingerprint specialist Nancy Rodriguez put out a message to all detectives to tell her which fingerprints should be added to the machine first for comparison purposes.

Specialist Nancy Rodriguez shows Sheriff Roth the
 recent “hit” she received with her new AFIX System.
She received a couple of hundred names, and was able to get them all entered. Since then, she has been entering more, as she gets time. In the mean time, she is running all latent prints she receives from criminal cases through the AFIX machine.

This week, she got her first “hit” on an otherwise “cold” case. There were no other leads in the case except this fingerprint found on a cash box from the inside of a Coca Cola machine. When she checked the print through the machine, she came up with a suspect’s name. Now, a case which otherwise would have been closed with no leads has a good chance of being closed with arrest.

If you have names of people whose fingerprints you’d like to have added to the system, or fingerprints you’d like Nancy to run, keep the new system in mind. It really works!

Health Insurance Changes

By Sgt. Tom Brazil

On March 13, 2001, I attended the County Commission meeting in Marathon on behalf of FOP Lodge #28. This meeting was to discuss the proposed changes in employee benefits. I spoke on behalf of the FOP membership against changes that raised deductible and co-payment rates and those that reduced benefits. Sheriff Roth and the other constitutional officers were present and spoke against many of the proposed changes as well, particularly those that involved more out of pocket expenses and higher co-payments for employees. Well, our comments seem to have fallen on deaf ears. While some of the recommendations adopted were made by the insurance Task Force on which I served, the major changes increasing deductibles and co-payments were recommendations made by Mr. Roberts and staff.

What the Commission did on health insurance:

* Denotes recommendations made by Mr. Roberts’s staff.

Employees hired on or after October 1, 2001 will no longer be eligible for free health insurance upon retirement but will have to pay the regular department rate in place at the time they retire.

An emergency room visit fee of $75 will be implemented effective October 1, 2001. However, if you are admitted to the hospital as a result of the ER visit the fee is waived.

*Effective October 1, 2001 there will be a change in pharmacy plan co-pay: it will be increased to $10 for generic brands, $20 for brand name products and $35 for non-preferred brands. Via mail (90 day supply) $25 generic, $50 brand and $87.50 non-preferred brands.

County staff was directed AGAIN! to research other options and costs in health insurance and report back to the commission ASAP.

*County staff was directed to obtain a national wrap around network to eliminate out of network exclusions. Currently our network is only in South Florida.

*Effective October 1, 2001: increase the out of network disincentive from 10% to 30%. In other words if you go outside the network any claim payments will be reduced by 30%.

*Chiropractic visits per calendar year reduced from 60 to 30.

*Massage therapy limited to 15 per year.

*Acupuncture treatments limited to 15 per year.

*Vision benefit returned to no more than 1 complete visual examination every 2 calendar years. Currently the benefit was 1 exam per year.

*Increase yearly deductible from $200 to $300 for individuals and from $400 to $600 per family.

*Change in processing of claims by Acordia with respect to unbundling of charges. This is an administrative change to reduce cost and does not affect benefits.

*Change in the 80/20 schedule from 20% of first $10,000 to 20% of first $20,000. However, this increase will be done at 10% a year for 10 years until the $20,000 goal is reached. In other words next year it will be 20% of the first $11,000 then in 2002 20% of the first $12,000 etc.

*Raise the rate for dependent health premium from $100 to $110 per pay period for single dependent and from $120 to $130 for 2 or more dependents. This represents an increase of $10 per pay period or $260 more per year.

The commission rejected the recommendation made by the Task Force to have retirees return their insurance subsidy from FRS to the county so retirees will still receive free medical insurance. Remember you must meet the rule of 70 to qualify, which is years of service and age must equal 70.

On a good note there is currently legislation pending before the State Legislature to allow small counties and cities to join the State of Florida employee benefits program. Both Mr. Roberts and myself recommended to the commission that should this legislation pass, we should actively look into joining the State program.

Pay attention to vacation balances

By Finance Director Tom Ravenel

Early reminder: Start working on getting those vacation balances down so you won’t lose your vacation hours at the end of the fiscal year!

Remember: the maximum amount of annual leave you can have in your account at the end of the fiscal year is 240 hours per the General Operations Manual. If your balance is greater than 240, all hours over 240 will be moved into your sick leave account. Your current vacation balance prints on your pay stub. Make arrangements with your supervisor to ensure that you are below 240 by the end of final pay period, September 23rd.

New disability policy in place

There is a new disability policy in place in the Sheriff’s Office. It takes effect immediately, and the 90 day time period included in the policy starts immediately for anyone effected by the policy.

Non-Work Related Illnesses/Injuries or Temporary Disabilities

1. The Office recognizes the need to accommodate members who have had a non-work related injury, illness or temporary disability with a light duty assignment to compliment and facilitate the healing process. This policy does not limit or deny the members rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disability Act.

2. Eligibility is restricted to those members who have:

been temporarily disabled.

been approved by the treating physician to be a candidate for light duty.

been employed with the Office for twelve months prior to the injury.

Worked at least 1250 hours (full time members) or 625 hours (part time members) in the past 12 months prior to the request.

3. Light duty assignments are limited to 90 days from the date of injury/illness or disability. During the member’s light duty assignment the member’s salary and accrual rates will remain the same.

4. The member requesting a light duty assignment will have the treating physician complete the physician’s statement form (XYZ). This form will outline the member’s functional limitations and provide an expected date the member will be able to return to full duty. The completed physician’s statement form will be submitted to the Executive Director of Human Resources via the Chain-of-Command. The Office reserves the right to obtain a second opinion from a physician of its choosing.

5. Human Resources will, upon receiving the request, search for a light duty assignment that accommodates the restrictions placed by the treating physician and fulfills the needs of the Office.

6. Human Resources will notify the member and the Commander/Director of the light duty assignment identified.

7. If a light duty assignment can not be identified the member will be notified and may discuss leave options with their immediate supervisor.

8. Members on light duty will be required to work their normal amount of hours unless otherwise stated on the physician statement form. If the physician indicates the member is not able to work their normal amount of hours they will be compensated for the hours they are able to work. Accrual rates for leave benefits will be based on the number of hours the individual is paid.

9. The member will be required to use his/her accrued leave time for medical appointments while on light duty. If the member does not have any accrued leave time the leave will be without pay.

10. The member will continue to accrue sick and vacation time and all other benefits in accordance with current policy and procedures while on the light duty assignment.

11. If at the end of the 90 day light duty assignment the member is not able to return to their normal duty assignment he/she may:

Use accrued leave, compensatory time, and/or apply to the sick pool.

Accept another position which they can reasonably complete given their limitations. The salary of the affected individual will be changed to the level of their new position giving them credit for their years of service with the Office.

Take a leave of absence for up to one year with the approval of the Sheriff.

New Hazardous waste disposal unit in the Keys

The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad will be expanding their duties, operating a new Mobile Thermal Destruction Unit obtained through a grant, in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The new Hazardous Waste Disposal, or “Burn” Unit.

The “Burn Unit”, which cost $11,300.00, will be used to destroy many types of hazardous waste, including outdated flares, old ammunition, and old explosive devices such as fireworks and tear gas. None of these items can be legally or safely disposed of at normal waste disposal facilities.

“The Keys has a need for such a disposal unit,” said Sgt. Bobby Randolph, a member of the Bomb Squad and the person responsible for acquiring the unit. “Because we are a marine based community, many people have old, outdated flares they have used on their boats. This will give us a safe way to dispose of those flares.”

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida boaters generate over 500,000 out-of-date flares every year.

Sgt. Randolph stressed that people should never try to dispose of old flares themselves.

“Old flares are unsafe, and can misfire or leak hazardous material. It is dangerous for a boater to dispose of them by firing them, or by throwing them away or throwing them into the water. They really should be disposed of properly,” he said. Besides, flares should only be used in an emergency situation. Not only can firing a flare cause an expensive false alarm for the Coast Guard, but it is against the law to ignite a flare in a non-emergency situation.

With the new burn unit, the Sheriff’s Office will be offering to dispose of hazardous items free of charge to the citizens of the county. Anyone with hazardous waste that needs to be urgently disposed of should contact Det. Sgt. Randolph at the Sheriff’s Office at 292-7060 or 1-800-273-COPS. The dates for public hazardous waste disposal will be announced in the near future, along with locations throughout the Keys where hazardous items can be dropped off.

Crime Statistics show overall decrease

Crime Statistics for Monroe County are down for the year 2000 over the previous year. The Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst reports that she shows a 3.1% decrease for the year in major crimes.

Major crimes as reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement include homicide, manslaughter, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, forcible fondling, robbery, aggravated assault (which includes the crimes of aggravated assault and aggravated battery), aggravated stalking, burglary, pocket picking, purse snatching, shoplifting, theft, larceny, auto theft, simple assault (which includes simple assault and simple battery), simple stalking, intimidation (domestic related threats) and arson.

The largest decreases occurred in the area of forcible rape, down 51.9%; robbery, down 24.3%; aggravated assault, down 11.6%; burglary, down 7.4%; shoplifting, down 37.4%. It should be noted that these statistics are for the entire county except the city of Key West.

“We are happy, once again, to be able to report to the citizens of Monroe County that crime has gone down,” said Sheriff Rick Roth. “The trend toward a safer community continues this year with a 3.1% decrease in major crimes. We are particularly happy to report the decrease in rape, robbery, assaults and burglaries. These crimes often have devastating effects on their victims,” he said.

Details on the 2000 crime statistics can be found in the Crime Statistics portion of the on the Sheriff’s Office web site.

Groundbreaking for new Juvenile Detention Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Monroe County Juvenile Justice building on Stock Island was held April 6th.

The building will house the first combined residential commitment and juvenile detention facility in the Keys and will allow Monroe County youths who have been arrested on serious offenses to be housed here in the Keys instead of in a detention facility in Miami-Dade County, as has been the case in the past. It will also house offices dedicated to numerous juvenile programs ranging from educational programs to substance abuse treatment programs.

"We are excited about the prospect of having all these offices and programs housed in one building, ready to serve the youth of our community," said Sheriff Rick Roth. "We have desperately needed such a facility in the Keys. This will allow us to house Monroe County youthful offenders in a location closer to their families, and to provide programs for our local children and families when they are in need of help."

Dignitaries on hand for the groundbreaking included: Left to right, Steve Casey, Judge Richard Payne, Mayor George Neugent, Chief “Buz” Dillon, Sheriff Roth and Clark Knight.

Sheriff Roth, Mayor George Neugent, Chief Gordon "Buz" Dillon and Assistant Secretary For Administrative Services Steve Casey and Circuit Manager Clark Knight from the Department of Juvenile Justice attended and spoke at the ceremony.

The facility will be built as an addition to the current Monroe County Detention Center, but the youth who are placed at the facility will be completely segregated from the adult population of the jail. Biltmore Construction, out of Clearwater, Florida will be constructing the building with Elements Architects from Tampa, Florida providing the design. The contract amount is for $8,395,400.00. The cost will be split between the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Sheriff's Office Federal Asset Forfeiture Fund; part of the $25 million dollars seized in a federal drug forfeiture case and awarded to the Sheriff's Office in September of 1999. The building should be completed by the Spring of 2002.

The building will be constructed to withstand a Force 5 Hurricane, as is the rest of the Detention Center. It will have 27,380 square feet dedicated to the Department of Juvenile Justice and 23,504 square feet dedicated to other juvenile programs and various law enforcement related offices. There will be 30 moderate risk residential beds to house juveniles on a long term basis and 15 short-term detention beds.

New additions at the Sheriff’s Office Children’s Animal Park

The new Llama at the Children’s Animal Park, with “Farmer” Deana Rogowski and Sheriff Roth.

Children visiting the Sheriff’s Office Animal Park will now see two new additions to the animal menagerie: a Llama and a miniature goat. The Llama and goat were both acquired at an animal auction in Arcadia, Florida by “Farmer Deana” Rogowski.

“These two animals will be wonderful additions to our facility. They are friendly, fun and safe for children to be around,” Rogowski said. Inmates have also been working on new display cages for the tropical birds, snakes and Caimans resident at the park.

In addition to being a wonderful family oriented place to visit, the Animal Farm is a designated educational program for detention center inmates. Participants in the farm program receive an “Animal Farm Specialist” certificate at the end of a three month learning period. During that time, they learn a wide variety of skills including animal nutrition, stall management, minor medical care and practical skills such as how to properly feed, clean and care for farm animals.

 These skills can be useful in applying for jobs at pet stores, race tracks, farms, stables and many other places. Once a month, Veterinarian Doug Mader visits the farm and gives the inmates a “working lecture”, as he visits with each animal on the farm, checking to make sure they are healthy. If he finds a problem, he explains it as he treats the animal, telling the inmates why he is taking action and what he is doing.

The Children’s Animal Park is open to the public every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Families are welcome, and monetary donations are appreciated. The farm is operated primarily from community donations and no tax payer money is used in it’s maintenance.


Sheriff names employees of the year

The Sheriff’s Office choices for employees of the year were honored at a special ceremony held Friday, March 23rd at the Marathon Government Center. The winners of these yearly awards are chosen from all the employees who received Sheriff’s Office quarterly awards during the course of the past year.

The yearly award winners receive a special plaque from the Sheriff in recognition of their exemplary work, and a badge to wear on their uniforms with the designation “Officer of the Year”. In addition, they each receive a check for $500.00 donated by TIB Bank, and $1,000.00 from the Sheriff’s Office. The Cadet of the year receives $100.00 from TIB Bank, with a matching amount from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Cormier Memorial Award, given to the Sheriff’s Office Sworn Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, is named for Deputy David Cormier, a Sheriff’s reserve officer killed in the line of duty in a traffic accident in November of 1989. Members of his family were present at the ceremony to honor the officer who received this award, as well as all the other employees who were recognized.

Cormier Memorial Award winner, Sworn Officer of the year, Sergeant Donnie Fanelli, Bureau of Operations, Sector 7 Road Patrol.

Donnie has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since April 22, 1986 and was chosen as Officer of the Quarter for the second quarter of the year 2000. Donnie developed, organized and presented the Citizens Video Awareness Program. This video allows our agency to educate citizens of Monroe County in protecting themselves and their property from criminal acts. Donnie initiated and organized meetings where he met with Zone deputies and Crime Watch Chairpersons in his area and he was able to provide them with a better understanding of our Community Based Policing philosophies and the SMARTCOP Program. Donnie also initiated and coordinated press coverage for several clean up activities in the Sexton Cove and Lake Surprise Subdivisions, and initiated two new Crime Watch Chapters in Lake Surprise and Sunny Highlands Subdivision. Donnie took it upon himself to join and participate in the Citizens Traffic Safety Council in order to gain citizen support and input into areas of concern related to traffic and fatality issues.

Detention Deputy Of The Quarter : Detention Deputy Derek Paul, Bureau of Corrections, Plantation Key Facility,

Detention Deputy Derek Paul has worked for the Bureau of Corrections in the Key West jail and is presently assigned to the Plantation Key facility. He was chosen as Detention Deputy of the quarter for the fourth quarter of the year 2000. Derek’s efforts with the new Smart Cop program and the new photo-imaging system are one of the reasons he was chosen for this award, however that is only one of these attributes. For a considerable time prior to his winning the quarterly award, the Plantation Key facility has operated with the shortage of one entire squad. Deputy Paul switched his days on numerous occasions to facilitate the training of new employees, and to assist with other officers taking sick and vacation days. In addition to being such a team player, he is a reliable and dependable officer who has a perfect attendance record and consistently scores high on his evaluations. His extra effort is appreciated and respected

Support Employee of the Quarter: Accreditation Specialist Olga Perez, Bureau of Administration, Division V, Professional Standards Section

Olga has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since February 10, 1986 and was chosen as employee of the quarter for the first quarter, 2000. For a year prior to being chosen for her quarterly award, Olga unselfishly dedicated her time and efforts toward the achievement of state accreditation for the Sheriff’s Office. Olga’s attention to detail and her willingness to work long hours in compiling agency information and reports helped the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to successfully achieve Law Enforcement Accreditation by the Commission on Florida Accreditation for Law Enforcement.

Reserve Deputy of the Quarter: Reserve Deputy Ted Migala, Bureau of Operations, Division IV, Reserve Section.

Ted has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office Reserve unit since September 1996 and was chosen as reserve of the quarter for the first quarter of the year 2000. Ted is always willing to give hours to help out the Sheriff’s Office in various areas. At one point, Ted volunteered to assist the upper Keys patrol area with a severe manpower shortage. By rearranging his personal work schedule as an Air Traffic Control Supervisor, Ted was able to supplement the night shift. His contribution of nine patrol tours of duty – free of charge - greatly increased the effectiveness of service to the community in that area.

Cadet/Explorer of the Quarter: Explorer/Cadet Kira Jensen, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section.

Kira has been a member of the Cadet Program for the past 5 years; joining the Junior Cadet Post when she was 10 years old. She was chosen as cadet of the quarter for the first quarter of the year 2000. Explorer Lieutenant Jensen’s organizational skills have been an asset to the post. Kira has assisted in the organization of several campouts, trips, and was responsible for the 5th Annual Holiday Canned Food Drive. During her off time Kira is involved in a number of other activities (i.e., girl scouts, a writer for her high school newspaper, a peer-mediator, a member of FBLA, and teaches Sunday School at her church).

Sheriff’s Medals Awarded

Sheriff Roth awarded several deputies the Sheriff’s Medal, given to Members of the Office who are involved in an incident where a meritorious act is performed. This would include a shooting incident, attempting to save another's life, or apprehending a felon with knowledge of risk to life or limb. The following members received the award in the first quarter of 2001:

More Awards......

Det. Sgt. Mike Langston, receiving a plaque from James Sanislo, an
insurance company representative. Mike was awarded the plaque in
appreciation for his investigation of a man who falsely reported his
boat stolen and collected $70,000 from his insurance company. The boat was later found in Ft. Lauderdale, and the boat’s owner was arrested for Grand Theft, Insurance Fraud and Filing a false police report.
Sheriff Rick Roth recently gave a commendation to Captain Christo Struwig, of Cape Town, South Africa for the assistance he rendered our office on a case involving a South African man who is accused of fondling a number ofyoung boys while he was working as a camp counselor at a Big Pine Key camp. Captain Struwig flew to Key West in April for a federal trial against Dieter Vogt, and met with the Sheriff and members of the Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit Left to right, Sheriff Roth, Captain Struwig and Crimes Against Women and Children Unit members Det. Chris Scott and Sgt. Trish Dally.

Bureau of Operations

District Two Report

By Lt. Larry Kelley

Greetings from District 2—OOPS—I mean Sector 4 and 5—or is that the City of Marathon—or Key Vaca—well whatever you want to call it, I call it a challenge. I want to thank Lieutenant Chad Scibilia for the orientation he has given me, the insight into the workings and the requirements of the position and most of all for the way he did a fabulous job that allowed me to move in and keep doing the things he did without such a radical learning curve.

I was a sergeant here before I went to Bosnia and am very happy to be here again to work with many of the same supervisors and deputies as before. I remember them as some of the best police officers I have had the privilege of serving with.

I have to say that the group of young, knowledgeable and energetic deputies that are here now are mostly new faces to me. From what I can see in my first few weeks on the job, they are truly a hard working team and really care about the community focus of the Sheriff’s Office. I am looking forward to getting to know them all in the near future. Marathon is a unique area because of a city contract and regional requirements in the same “District”. No other command has to deal with both an incorporated contract AND an un-incorporated service sector. The challenges here are great and that makes it an exciting and rewarding place to work. I think all of the personnel here experience the rewards of facing difficult issues and working to gain positive results for the citizens of our community. In the future we will all be facing increasing problems if the Keys continue to grow in popularity as expected. I am sure we will all work together to make our neighborhoods safe and secure living environments.

Congratulations to Sergeant Dennis Cain of Marathon who has been appointed your First Sergeant (Law Enforcement) and will be taking on the responsibility of keeping us all informed of the goings on of the Administration. Do not hesitate to go to him if there is anything the chain of command cannot address. He will be going to many of the Sheriff’s and Colonel’s Staff meetings and tells me he will keep you all informed of “what is hot and what is not”. Also, wish him luck in his current undertaking in SPI—a course to be reckoned with.

Welcome to new Deputies Jen Lascala and Charlene Sprinkle-Huff who have begun their FTO training. I wish them both well and am sure they will do well in their new careers. They both come to us from Communications Division. I don’t even want to talk about the battles I had with Communications Director Anne Leonard to get them transferred. I understand that Communications Officers are hard to find and losing one must be difficult. I want to thank Anne for working with me to fill the road slots in Marathon and I am sure it was not easy to replace these two.

I want to thank Sergeant Amanda Kellenberger and Deputy Steve Forsell for undertaking the duties of Civil Deputy Tom Peteck during his unfortunate temporary illness and keeping the Civil Section afloat. Get well Tom and keep up the good work Amanda and Steve.

I am sorry to have to say goodbye to Deputy Emilio Rodriguez. He wasn’t with us long but we all grew to enjoy working with him and respect his experience and professionalism. Emilio had to resign due to a serious illness in his immediate family and had to go to handle some family business matters. We will miss him and I wish him the very best in his future ventures.

Super congratulations to Monroe County’s newest Sergeant—Susan Greenwood. Susan has proven her dedication and commitment to the Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Program and I am sure she will continue to be not only an asset to the office but a mentor to those who have the fortune to serve with her in the future. Good luck, Susan, I am sure you will do well. We are counting on you to continue to positively impact the community as you always have.

One more announcement and I promise I will close—Congratulations to Sergeant Glenn Test who has been selected to be the new Traffic Enforcement Unit Supervisor. I know Glenn will serve in this new position well and work with all commands to reduce traffic crashes and injuries to our citizens. We will miss him here in Marathon. He is a true working Sergeant and I see only good things in his future. The Traffic Enforcement Unit is lucky to have him. I congratulate him with mixed emotions—because he now has the BEST job in this agency—take it from me—I know.

Well I will close for now—but remember:


Special Investigations Unit

The Special Investigations Division has been busy in the past month, seizing large amounts of drugs accompanied by multiple arrests. In the above picture, detectives seized Cocaine, Ecstasy, Oxycodone, Heroin, Xanax and what are believed to be hallucinogenic mushrooms, arresting a Rockland Key man for possession of the drugs. A Stock Island man was arrested after 178 grams of cocaine was found at his residence by detectives of the Special Investigations Division.

More Patrol/Detective News........

Sgt. Roy Bogue, Sgt. Corey Bryan and Records Supervisor Peggy
Bryan recently gave a tour of the Upper Keys Substation to a Key Largo Boy
Scout troop. Roy talked about safety issues and a scenario was performed for
the troop in which Peggy had a purse and Corey came in and stole it. Members
of the troop were then asked to write down Corey’s description “for the police”.

The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit recently returned Larry Leatherwood to the Keys from
Georgia. Leatherwood is in jail in Monroe County for first degree murder.

Deputy Linda Kohout and Sgt. Glen Test at the scene of a
“man with a gun” call on Grassy Key in March.

Traffic Enforcement Unit

By Lieutenant Larry Kelley

This will be the last Traffic Unit article I will be writing. Sergeant Glenn Test is taking over the Unit. He comes from Marathon Road Patrol with a record of being energetic, through and professional. These traits will all serve him and the Office well in his new assignment. I am confident he will not only continue the many new programs we have started lately in the unit but will bring new innovations to advance the Unit in the future.

Some of the activities that the Traffic Unit has been attending to, other than the usual BOCC Meetings and Weekly Target Area and School Zone Enforcement are the annual Toys for Tots escort from both Key West and Key Largo to The “Dead Animal Bar” at Caloosa Cove and a DUI Checkpoint in Marathon.

The DUI Checkpoint was requested and planned by Deputy Lin Badman and she did an excellent job planning, supplying and carrying out the mission. A number of arrests were made as well as numerous citations for safety issues. Great job Lin!

In February Deputies George Rosemeyer and David Johnson were sent to a two-week Police Motorcycle Officer Operators Course in Homestead that was sponsored and taught by Northwestern University Traffic Institute in cooperation with Harley Davidson. Harley supplied all the new bikes and the training is the best you will find. I attended the course in Houston and it is a “bear” but when you graduate you KNOW you can ride. There is usually a 15 to 25% failure rate. George did fantastic and graduated 3rd in the class. Although David was doing well he was not so lucky—just days before the final exam he crashed and fractured his hand and had to be released form the course.

The Federal grant I have secured from DOT will pay for five more officers to go to that class no matter where in the US it is offered including travel and per diem. The grant further will buy us two more Harley Davidson Road King Police Motors and four Kustom Signal Golden Eagle Motorcycle Radar Units. Glenn—enjoy the new toys and the travel.

Deputies Diane Mimosa and Eric Lundberg have attended the State Child Seat Safety Course and are now certified to install and inspect child seats. Deputies Kirk Salvatori, George Rosemeyer and Dave Johnson are also trained in that skill. Please do not hesitate to use their expertise.

I want to tell you all that it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you in the position of Traffic Sergeant. I hope you give Sergeant Test the same cooperation and assistance you gave me in the past to help him help you to lower the number of crashes in your areas.

And always remember:


Juvenile Diversion Programs

By Case Management Supervisor Ira Goldstein

The Juvenile Diversion Programs Unit, including Intensive Delinquency Diversion Services (IDDS), Teen Court, and Civil Citations, are moving along swimmingly.

The case managers who staff the programs are all pros who have been addressing kids issues for many years. Karol Cotton coordinates the Teen Court Program with Case Management duty in Key West and Marathon while servicing the Civil Citation program in Key West; Susan Landry Case Manages the IDDS program, Teen Court, and the Civil Citation Programs in Plantation Key; Nancy Cardinal has Case Management responsibilities for the IDDS Programs in both Marathon and Key West, also handling Civil Citations in Marathon. Working directly under Greg Artman as the Case Management Supervisor, I also service an IDDS caseload in Key West.

The staff is now transitioning into Sheriff’s offices throughout the Keys. Although we all have responsibilities throughout the keys, and often may be reached at any of the offices our primary locations are as follow: Susan Landry is in the Spottswood Substation in Tavernier, 88770 Overseas Highway . She can be reached at 853-3211 x 540. Both Karol Cotton, and I share space in what used to be the first floor store room at SO HQ, 5525 College Road, Key West, 296-2424 x 7028, The space is still undergoing a face lift. (Sorry we are all out of web gear, but we do still have some batons). Nancy Cardinal was the last to find a place to hang her hat, but now has two homes in the Keys, (how nice for her). She is located at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Marathon 5170 Overseas Highway, 289-3728 and at SO HQ with Ms. Cotton and myself.
The new Juvenile Diversion Program staff under Community Relations Director Greg Artman. From left to right: Susan Landry; Karol Cotton; Nancy Cardinal and in the rear, Ira Goldstein. We are thankful to many people who are supporting our transition. Once again we offer our appreciation to the State Attorney, Mark Kohl, for his generosity, allowing our staff to continue utilizing space, as well as paper and pencils etc. in his offices throughout the Keys through the end of March.

It has been a boon to the transition process, even if it is for only the next few months, having the wise counsel of Kirk Zuelch, the man who was responsible for developing and sustaining juvenile diversion programs in Monroe County for the past 20 years

We are grateful to Mr. Clark Knight of the Department of Juvenile Justice for providing us with office space in Marathon. Mr. Knight is working diligently to locate appropriate cases to refer for supervision. Thanks to his aggressive assistance the IDDS program is now at 51% program capacity.

Finally, we as a community owe a profound debt of appreciation to Sheriff Rick Roth for stepping forward and assuming the mantle of Juvenile Diversion Programs Provider in Monroe County. He continues to be fully supportive with his time and energy in making these programs viable.

He sees the children of Monroe County as a priority. He recognizes that the impact of the loss of these diversion programs to our young people, their families, as well as the community at large would have been understood only in their absence.

Support Services

Human Resources Update

By Executive Director Michael J. Scott

On March 26, the sheriff approved a suggestion submitted by Captain Ramsay that any member of the department, including commanders but excluding human resources staff, would receive a $500 bonus for successfully recruiting certified corrections officers. The payment of this bonus is contingent on the applicant successfully passing the selection process and actually starting work. In other words, when an individual is appointed and reports for their first day, the member that recruited him/her will be eligible to receive their bonus. So folks get out there and start beating the bushes! There is no cap on the amount paid for successful recruitment.

In other news the Keys Medical Group (Southern and Big Pine Medical) was awarded the office medical contract and we can start using them on April 2, 2001. Southern Medical has an office in the Professional Building, 1111 12th Street, Suite 210, in Key West and one on Big Pine, specifically 29755 Overseas Highway. Southern Medical has five primary care providers and all of their physicians are board certified in Internal Medicine one of which is also Board Certified in Pulmonology. They have been practicing in Key West for over 40 years and all of their physicians hold active staff privileges at Key West Hospital on Stock Island. Their Big Pine Office is conveniently located just off US Highway One in Big Pine Key. Donald F. Lofland, Board Certified Family Practitioner, has been with Keys Medical since April of 1996 and he has active staff privileges at Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon.

Each office location is open Monday through Friday from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs. Both locations have 24-hour answering services for emergencies. Once again you will be notified when you can actually start using the new facilities for your physicals, and other department related medical needs. Please remember that as of April 2, 2001, Dr. Michael Burton is no longer the lower keys provider. For those of you in the middle and upper keys Drs’ Parsons and Deagle remain your service providers. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call.

A big WELCOME to our new Juvenile Diversion and Teen Court Counselors Ira Goldstein, Nancy Cardinal, Susan Landry, and Carol Cotton. It’s great to have you on board with such an important and exciting program designed to help those troubled kids and occasional troubled parents!

Now, for some of the supervisors, we still need evaluations on members of your staff. A number of these are long overdue and if they remain that way their names, and their supervisors’ will appear in the next Rap Sheet! So if you wish to avoid this uncertain fame please get them in to Human Resources as soon as possible. If you have any questions contact Deshawn Jackson at 292-7044.

Once again I would urge each of you to become involved in the recruiting process. We currently have openings in communications, corrections, storeroom, maintenance and, even us here at human resources. Sorry no bonus for their recruitment but when we are fully staffed it’s easier for all of us to do our jobs.

Finally I would like to thank all the folks who attended the Officer of the Year Ceremony held on March 23rd in Marathon. A special thanks to Commissioners Nugent and Nelson who also took time out of their busy schedules to honor those members who excelled above and beyond the call during the year 2000. I must also take a minute to congratulate Deshawn (Yes you still have a job) and Val for their hard work in putting together this ceremony. In closing I would also like to thank the members of my hard-working staff in both Human Resources and Professional Standards for all that they do, not the least of which is putting up with me! Until next time be safe out there and don’t forget to call us if we can help you in any way!

New “E” Time Sheets

By Finance Director Tom Ravenel

The Finance Department is beginning the installation of a new product that will eliminate the current paper MCSO timesheet. This product is called e-TIME. It is an advanced, Windows-based employee time and attendance system that automates the entire payroll process. e-TIME is a product of Automated Data Processing (ADP), the company that currently processes our payroll.

Within the e-TIME module, the ADP Office Timesheet will be the method used by you to record your hours, eliminating the paper MCSO timesheet. You will record your hours directly into a computer much as you enter your hours on your paper timesheet. Supervisors review, edit and approve your time on the computer without having to print anything.

The Timesheet can be accessed through either the MCSO network or through the internet. Computers will be provided in areas where employees currently do not have access to them. However, there may be situations where the employee will continue to use the paper timesheet.

The ADP Office Timesheet eliminates not only the paper, but the hassle of transporting the MCSO timesheets to the Finance Department.

Voices from the Past

By Becky Herrin

I heard from two “voices from the past” in the last couple of months, and I thought I would share a little of what they are doing with those of you who might remember them.

Jan Schuffman, who used to be our Crime Analyst, is currently working for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in the Nashville, Tennessee area. She built the agency web site, which can be viewed at That agency also has a “Rap Sheet” newsletter, which can be viewed on line.

Jan says she is happy with her current location, but misses the Keys and has great memories of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. She would like to hear from old friends at her e-mail address:

John Dickerson was a long time Sheriff’s Office employee, working for years as a traffic deputy, and then as a detective in the upper Keys. John says he and his wife have a horse ranch in north Florida. He is still teaching law enforcement related courses at FLETC, and would love to hear from old friends. His e-mail address is

Bureau of Corrections

Detention Deputy Robert Weaver retired recently. A retirement luncheon
was held with many Weaver fans attending. Among them was
Captain Rick Remley, pictured here with D/D Weaver.

Employee Spotlights

Det. Dep. Cheryl Blyth

Cheryl was born in Connecticut and is the daughter of a Naval Petty Officer. She has lived in many different states, including Washington, Texas, North Carolina, Indiana and California, where she spent most of her life growing up in San Diego. Cheryl was in the Army Reserves and attended college in Missouri where she received her Associates degree in Business Management. While attending a military school at Fort Sam Houston, Texas she met Todd, her husband, who was also in the Army. Todd is currently a road patrol deputy in Marathon. Cheryl and Todd have been married for eleven years and they have two sons who are eight and nine years old. Cheryl has been a Corrections Officer for four years and started out in the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently in her last year of college and will receive her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice in December. Cheryl started with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at the Stock Island jail, but has been at the Marathon jail for the past year. She enjoys snorkeling, kayaking, traveling and various crafts.

Dep. Steve Barney

Steve started his career with the Department of Corrections in Illinois 25 years ago. Since then, he joined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1991 as a deputy sheriff. Deputy Barney also worked with the court system as a bailiff and worked his way up to supervisor status. Deputy Barney now works for the aviation/transportation team completing out of county extraditions. Deputy Barney enjoys gun collecting and competition shooting.

The wonders of on-line translators

By Sgt. Linda Simonet

I try to look for the humor in the daily grind to keep from being lost in an otherwise depressing environment.

Due to my being assigned trustees that speak only Spanish, I requested that the Programs Department translate the trustee work list from English to Spanish. Normally, with the help of an English/Spanish dictionary, I can more or less speak to the trustee and get across what needs to be done. But the entire list was more than I could handle. Besides, it has given some officers great entertainment to hide the dictionary, or maybe they just feel sorry for the trustee and interpret my attempts at Spanish as torture.

Well, the Programs Department did what I asked, by using an on-line translation program to turn the work list into a Spanish version. Unfortunately, the Spanish version differs slightly, in a few significant areas, from the English version. For instance:

The trustees made it through that okay but what caused him great amounts of confusion was how the computer translated “wipe down the elevators”. It became “clean under the elevator”. He was understandably concerned that someone would push the elevator button to the ground floor while he was trying to accomplish the task.

And then there are the simple words, like “prior” and “when” which the translator program just refused to deal with at all…ironically, trustees think working in the “suction and discharge” area is a cakewalk. Little do they know they are in for “translator torture” while they are here!

Det Deputy Michael Barron and Det. Lt. Tammy Clark on Mounted
Police Horses, representing Monroe County Sheriffs Dept. and KWPD Parade
held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

What’s Happening

For Sale

AKC registered Chihuahua puppies, $350.00 each. Contact Lenny Alonzo at the Stock Island detention center, 293-7311.


It is that time of year again...the Florida Sheriff's Association is asking for applications for it's scholarships for the coming school year.

The three $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Association are for sons/daughters of full-time Sheriff's Office employees who are (or might be) pursuing a criminal justice career.

Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the application should let me know and I'll put a copy in the courier to you. The application must be completed and returned by June 11th, 2001.

New doctors

Effective April 2, 2001, Dr. Burton at the Key West Family Medical Center is no longer the Monroe County Sheriff's Office contracted physician for annual physicals in Key West and the Lower Keys. Dr. Parsons in Marathon and Dr. Deagle in Tavernier are still the contracted physicians for the middle and upper keys. The new lower Keys physicians are as follows:

Southern Medical Group
1111 12th Street, Suite 210
Key West, FL 33040

Big Pine Key Medical
29755 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Please make sure that you get a new physical form from your Sub-Station or from Human Resources Division prior to going to the Doctor’s Office.

Guess Who

The “Guess Who” featured in the last issue of the Rap Sheet was Bob Cohen, supervisor of the Supply Division at the Stock Island Detention Facility.