Executive Staff


Palm Beach County - Sheriff Bradshaw

Sheriff Bradshaw, Palm Beach County - Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is a career law enforcement professional responsible for leading the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County. Sheriff Bradshaw has a successful track record of forty-three(43)  years in law enforcement. He rose through the ranks of the West Palm Beach Police Department and in 1996 was appointed Chief of Police. On January 4, 2005, Sheriff Bradshaw was sworn in as Sheriff of Palm Beach County. Sheriff Bradshaw is the thirteenth sheriff to serve as the county's chief law enforcement officer since the agency's origin in 1909. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has six departments - Legal Affairs, Field Operations, Community Operations, Corrections, Support Services, and Administrative Services. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is comprised of 4,000 employees and approximately 5,500 volunteers. Sheriff Bradshaw has extensive knowledge and training in all aspects of law enforcement with special emphasis on Domestic Security, Field Operations and community based policing. His excellent inter-personal and communication skills demonstrate competence as a leader who "gets things done," yet maintains a balance between assertiveness and diplomacy while always remembering that his first and foremost duty is to keep citizens safe.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is Chairman of the Florida Sheriffs Emergency Task Force for Region 7, a member of the Executive Board of the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force, Chairman of Regional Domestic Security Task Force for Region 7, the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police, member of the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force, Law Enforcement Planning Council, Police Executive Research Forum, Florida Sheriff's Association and has been designated Who's Who in Academic Excellence in America.

Sheriff Bradshaw's educational experience includes Bachelor of Science Degree-with honors in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Science in Administration with honors-with a specialization in Emergency Management, he also graduated from the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sheriff Bradshaw is married to Dorothy and has four children. He enjoys hunting and golf.


Chief Deputy of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Michael E. Gauger

Michael E. Gauger - Chief Deputy of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Deputy Mike Gauger, MSW serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Law Enforcement Operations and Corrections. As Chief Deputy he is responsible for an annual budget of $292 million, with a staff composition of 1,563 sworn and 1,734 non-sworn personnel; and, a Corrections' budget of $136 million, with a staff of 710 sworn personnel.

Chief Deputy Gauger is a distinguished honor graduate of Barry University, with a Master in Social Work. Additionally, he is a graduate of the 81st Session, Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, Kentucky, Administrative Officer's Course, as well as, a 1996 Alumni, Leadership Palm Beach County.

Chief Deputy Michael Gauger is an active member of many philanthropic, fraternal, and community-based organizations. He has earned many prestigious awards over a distinguished 39 year career, including a recent Special Citation for Meritorious Service, from the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in Washington, D.C.

Chief Deputy Gauger is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer on community and problem-solving based policing and ethics and integrity. He is married to the former Ms. Phyllis Everett and has two children.

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Senior Executive Staff Officer – Department of Legal Affairs Colonel Joseph Bradshaw

Colonel Joseph Bradshaw - Senior Executive Staff Officer – Department of Legal Affairs

Colonel Bradshaw serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Legal Affairs. He has over 28 years’ experience as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and is a former New York City Assistant District Attorney. He holds a Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law in New York.

Colonel Bradshaw graduated in 1976 from Florida Atlantic University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, he began his law enforcement career as a road patrol officer and later as a detective with the Wilton Manors Police Department in Broward County, Florida until 1980, when he became a full-time law student at Pace University School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1983. Subsequent to graduation from law school, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, spending a majority of his time prosecuting child abuse cases in Brooklyn.

Colonel Bradshaw began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy working out of District One on January 1, 1986. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987. He has served as the Legal Advisor for the Sheriff’s Office for most of his career. In 1996, he was appointed Undersheriff, where he was second in command under former Sheriff Charles McCutcheon. Colonel Bradshaw was President of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys from 1994 through 1997 and was sworn in as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2005. In June of 2013, Colonel Bradshaw was the recipient of the Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award presented to him by The Florida Bar, “For Exemplifying the Highest Ideals of Dedication, Professionalism, and Ethics in Serving the Public as a Government Lawyer”.


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Director, Administrative Services James Davis

James Davis - Director, Administrative Services

Director Davis is a native Floridian with 34 years of experience with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Florida A. & M. University, (1975). He is married and has two children.

He began his career at Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1979 when he was hired as the Accounting Supervisor. He was promoted to Assistant Director, Department of Administrative Services in November 1999, and Director in July 2005. His professional career began at Indian River Community College where he was hired in 1975 as a Staff Accountant. He moved to Palm Beach County in 1977 and was hired as a Public Accounts Auditor with the State of Florida, Office of the Auditor General.

Director Davis provides executive level management of the agency's Administrative Services Department, which encompasses Accounting, Budget, Human Resources, Internal Controls, Labor, Purchasing, and Risk Management Units.

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Senior Executive Staff Officer - Law Enforcement Operations and Community Operations James Stormes

James Stormes - Senior Executive Staff Officer - Law Enforcement Operations and Community Operations

Colonel James Stormes serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Law Enforcement Operations and Community Operations. As the Director of the Department of Law Enforcement Operations, he is responsible for an annual budget of $292 million, with a staff composition of 1,563 sworn and 1,734 non-sworn personnel.

Colonel Stormes began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1983. He was assigned to District 1 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant in 1991, Lieutenant in 1999, Captain in 2003, Major in 2005 and Colonel in 2010. His prior assignments include Patrol Operations, Field Training Officer, SWAT, Tactical Operations, Homicide Investigations, Special Investigations and Strategic Operations.

Colonel Stormes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from State University of New York at Brockport and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.

In September of 2007, Colonel Stormes graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia (230th Session).

Colonel Stormes is married with two children.

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Chief Operating Officer George Forman

George Forman - Chief Operating Officer

A native to Palm Beach County, Chief Operating Officer George Forman has served the PBSO since 1996. Throughout his tenure COO Forman has received numerous accolades for his support of law enforcement and corrections operations, as well as achievements in finance and administration. Some notables include the development of an effective, accountable budget process, the creation of a multi-million dollar producing grant division and the continued advancement of business process improvement and modernization.

COO Forman holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Economics from Florida State University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Government Finance Officer.

COO Forman is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, Police Executive Research Forum, Florida Sheriff's Association, Risk Insurance Management Society, Society for Human Resource Management, Florida State University Alumni Association, Beta Eta Alumni Chapter Inc., National Youth Sports Coaches Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Broken Star Foundation.

COO Forman is married and has four sons.

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Countywide Operations Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith - Countywide Operations

Major Smith currently commands the Countywide Operations Bureau which encompasses Alternative Intervention Services, Awards, Community Relations, Contracts, Court Services, Honor Guard, Parks Enforcement (Bicycle Operations & Mounted Unit), L.E. Reserve Deputies, Traffic, Training, Special Events/Graphics, Video, and Volunteers. The combined budget for all these units is over $41 million. Previously Major Smith was Commander over the North Regional Bureau as well as Special Operations/Homeland Security, and all specialized units.

Major Smith started with PBSO in 1987, coming from Point Pleasant Borough Police Department in New Jersey. He graduated from New Jersey State Police Academy, Florida Atlantic University Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program, Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government Crisis Management Program, and FBI Explosive Ordnance Disposal Executive Management Program. Major Smith attended Seton Hall University and recently earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. He is a member of the International Police Mountain Bike Association, International and Local Association of Chiefs of Police, National and State Sheriffs' Association, and the Royal Palm Beach Rotary.

Major Smith has been married to Karen for over 35 years, has 3 grown children, and 2 granddaughters.

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South Regional Bureau of Field Operations Alfred J. Musco

Alfred J. Musco - South Regional Bureau of Field Operations

Major Musco began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1984. He was assigned to District 1 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992, lieutenant in 1997, captain in 1999 and major in 2003.

Major Musco received a Masters Degree from Lynn University Boca Raton, Florida and a Bachelors Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, Florida.

 

Major Musco is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 219th session Quantico, Virginia and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives 34th Session Boston, Massachusetts. He has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his law enforcement career.

 

Major Musco is currently an adjunct professor at local colleges and universities. He is married with two adult children.

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Corrections Security Chris Kneisley

Chris Kneisley - Corrections Security

Major Chris Kneisley started his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1983. He has been assigned various duties within Corrections, including Custody, Booking, and Classification. Of his 31 years with the agency, all but 3 have been in Corrections. From 1996 to early 1999, he was assigned to the department that eventually evolved into Planning and Research. During that time, his duties included facilitating process improvement teams, implementing and deploying the business plan process, and managing grants.

In February 1999, Major Kneisley returned to Corrections and assumed command of the Inmate Management Division, which consisted of Booking and Release, Inmate Records, Inmate Property, Classification, and Alternative Custody. In August of 2004, he was promoted to Major, and is currently assigned to the Corrections Security Bureau overseeing the Main Detention Center, Stockade Division and West County Detention Center Division.

He currently holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University.

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Corrections Operations Tammy Waldrop

Tammy Waldrop - Corrections Operations

Major Tammy Waldrop is currently the commanding officer of the Operations Bureau of the Department of Corrections. The bureau consists of Standards and Staff Development Division, Corrections Court Security Division, and Inmate Management Division. The bureau is staffed by 3 captains, 5 lieutenants, 17 sergeants, 3 jail inspectors, 159 deputies, and 122 civilian support staff.

Major Waldrop began her career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1987. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1992, rank of lieutenant in 1998, rank of captain in 2003, and most recently to her current rank of major in 2005. Major Waldrop has held many positions within her tenure at both the Main Detention Center and the Stockade.

Major Waldrop serves as a Commissioner for the Florida Corrections Accreditation Association Commission, and has been involved with the accreditation process since 1998. She is also a Certified Jail Manager awarded from the American Jail Association.

Major Waldrop's educational achievement include an Associate of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College, Bachelors Degree from Florida Atlantic University, Masters Degree from the University of Alabama, and is currently seeking a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.

Major Waldrop is married with one child.

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Director, Communications Operations Bureau Andrea Lueghausen

Andrea Lueghausen - Director, Communications Operations Bureau

Bureau Director Andrea Lueghausen is responsible for the Communications Operations Bureau, which encompasses Communications, Telecommunications, Central Records, Alternate Response Unit, and Radio Services. Including two Senior Planners, a total of 266 personnel, both civilian and sworn law enforcement, are assigned to various specialty areas within the Bureau.

Ms. Lueghausen began her career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1978 working as a 911 dispatcher. Throughout the next 32 years, she has held positions, both at PBSO and a large municipal police department, as a training officer, training supervisor, shift supervisor and Communications Manager. In 2006 she was promoted to Bureau Director at PBSO.

Bureau Director Lueghausen has obtained a Legal Studies Degree from Palm Beach Community College and is currently pursuing her degree in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security through Jacksonville State University. She is an active member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), and the Florida Records Management Association (FRMA).

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Western Regional Bureau of Field Operations Antonio Araujo

Antonio Araujo - Western Regional Bureau of Field Operations

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Major Tony Araujo began his career at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1982 as a Deputy Sheriff. He has worked in and supervised a variety of assignments within the agency. He has been promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and was appointed to the rank of Major on February 12, 2009.

Major Tony Araujo oversees the Western Regional Bureau of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office which encompasses ten Sheriff's Office districts west of 441/State Road 7 for central and northern Palm Beach County as well as ten Western Regional Watch Commanders. The districts include areas of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee/Acreage, Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee, Mangonia Park, Lake Park & unincorporated areas of Jupiter and North Palm Beach.

Major Araujo earned his Bachelor's Degree in Professional Administration from Barry University.

Major Araujo is married with three adult children.

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Homeland Security Bureau Robert Allen

Robert Allen - Homeland Security Bureau

Major Robert L. Allen is a career law enforcement practitioner with over 34 years of professional experience, he has served in a variety of positions giving him significant professional balance between road patrol, tactical operations, emergency response, criminal investigation, and most recently executive staff experience. 

He currently commands the Homeland Security Bureau for one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the United States, located in Palm Beach County, with almost 4000 employees and several thousand volunteers, which serve a population of 1.35 million residents. He oversees up to 350 personnel during full deployment in such areas as Airport Operations, Crime Analysis, the Palm Beach Regional Fusion Center, the Emergency Operations Division, and the Special Operations Division that encompasses Aviation, Canine Enforcement, Emergency Field Force, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Marine Enforcement, Strategic Intelligence, and Special Weapons and Tactics, also known as SWAT. In addition to these law enforcement and intelligence operations, Major Allen directly oversees personnel assigned to specific counterterrorism initiatives in this county that engage citizens, the Sheriff’s Business Partners Against Terrorism Program known as B-PAT and the Community Partners Against Terrorism Program known as C-PAT. Both of these initiatives have been cited as models for best practices by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 


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Strategic Operations Frank DeMario

Frank DeMario - Strategic Operations

Major Frank DeMario is currently assigned to the Strategic Operations Bureau, which includes such specialized divisions as Violent Crimes, Special Investigations, Narcotics, and Technical Services. Approximately 367 investigative and technical personnel are assigned to these divisions.

Major DeMario retired as a New York Police Department Detective and also served as the Special Administrator to the Palm Beach County Public Defender. Major DeMario began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in 1998. His previous assignments included Administrative Manager of Internal Affairs, Detective Lieutenant of the District 4 Property Crimes Unit, Executive Officer of Human Resources, Commander of the Training Division and Commander of the Court Services Division.

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Major, Management Services Bureau Robert VanReeth

Robert VanReeth - Major, Management Services Bureau

Major Robert Van Reeth is currently assigned to the newly formed Management Services Bureau. Management Services encompasses five divisions within the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: Human Resources, Labor Relations, Training, Staff Inspections and Internal Affairs. At present, there are 116 sworn and civilian allocations assigned to these various divisions.

Major Van Reeth retired from the West Palm Beach Police Department as an Assistant Chief of Police in August of 2005, serving in various positions over a 31 year career. His career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office started shortly thereafter in 2005, with his appointment to the Internal Affairs Division as the Division Commander. Major Van Reeth has a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University and is a graduate from the 86th Administrators Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Bureau Director, Information Technology Dale Sisson

Dale Sisson - Bureau Director, Information Technology

Bureau Director Dale Sisson started working at PBSO in 1989 working in the Radio Shop. As Computer Information Systems was an area he was studying in College he decided to take an opportunity in Information Technology. He stayed in the Information Technology department for over 10 years. During those years he worked through Y2k and assisting in the data migration for the Oracle implementation.

Bureau Director Sisson accepted a position on the financial side of PBSO joining the newly formed Grants Department. With the Grants Department he was part of the group of staff that received the 2002 PBSO Unit Commendation. As manager over the Unit he was responsible for administration of all Special Revenue Funds and Law Enforcement Trust Funds.

Bureau Director Sisson was asked to take on the additional challenge of becoming an Oracle Project Manager in 2007. PBSO uses Oracle E-Business for Payroll, Human Resources, Procurement, Payables, Receivables, Grants, Benefits and many more areas. His role was to assist the respective managers in receiving the functionality they needed from the Oracle Project and Development team. During this time several successful implementations occurred, adding additional functionality and moving from Oracle 11i to Oracle Release 12.

Bureau Director Sisson in 2009 was given the Alarms Unit to manage. The Alarms Unit had several years of backlogged permit accounts as one of many challenges. He worked with the Alarms Enforcement Unit, Alarm Companies, Communication, and Information Technology to improve the data. After several years the permit account data that Communications staff dispatches is more accurate. Alarm Companies and the Alarms Unit are sharing timely information as permit holders leave Alarm Companies. Information Technology was able to provide better reporting of information in the Alarms Permit computer system.

Bureau Director Sisson accepted the opportunity to move back to Information Technology in 2012. He is responsible for the development of the future technology direction within PBSO, overseeing strategies that assure that direction, and adjusting strategies as necessary. The Bureau contains the Infrastructure and Operations Division and the Solutions and Services Division.

Bureau Director Sisson received his Bachelor’s Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also received his Grants Management Certification.

Dale has been involved in the community over the past 20 years coaching soccer at Summit Christian School, Kings Academy, and Palm Beach United. When he was not coaching, he was serving as a volunteer to several not for profit organizations.

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