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.
Colonel DeMario retired as a New York Police Department Detective and also served as the Special Administrator to the Palm Beach County Public Defender. Colonel DeMario began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. His previous assignments include Major of Strategic Operations, Commander Court Services, Commander Training, Executive Director Human Resources, Detective Lieutenant District 4 and Administrative Manager Internal Affairs.
COO Forman holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University a Bachelor’s in Economics from Florida State University is a Certified Government Finance Officer and an alumnus of Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives and Strategic Management programs.
Throughout his twenty plus year tenure he and his commands have received numerous accolades, a few recent include, the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement in Excellence, 100 Best Fleets in America and the Cigna Well-Being Award.
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.
Major Waldrop has served 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 includes an Associate of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree.
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).
Major Tony Araujo oversees the Western Regional Bureau of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office which encompasses seven (7) Sheriff’s Office districts west of 441/State Road 7 for Central and Western Palm Beach County as well as six (6) Western Regional Watch Commanders. The districts include the cities of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee Groves, Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee and the unincorporated areas of the Acreage and western Palm Beach County.
Major Araujo earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Administration from Barry University and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Major Araujo is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
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.
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.
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.
Major Starling started his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. He has been assigned various duties within Corrections, and Internal Affairs.
I would like every citizen and all participants in the process to feel free to offer ideas and constructive criticism that will help us do our job better. With your help and input we will continue to do our part in maintaining respectful decorum during your visit to the system.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is the one of the largest law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has five departments – Administrative Services which includes Information Technology, Personnel Services, Procurement and Financial Services. Management Services, Legal Affairs, Media Relations, Corrections and Law Enforcement Services which includes Communications Operations, Countywide Operations, Homeland Security, South and West Regional Bureaus and Strategic Operations.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of over 4,000 employees and approximately 5,500 volunteers.
Bureau Director Hilda Gonzalez started working at PBSO in 2002 in Risk Management. Throughout her tenure Hilda has received numerous accolades for her support in the Wellness/Health of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office employees. Her notable contributions include the development and implementation of two Sheriff’s Office Wellness Health Care Facilities for the Sheriff’s Office employees to reduce health care cost for employees.
Bureau Director Hilda Gonzalez has a Bachelor of Science’s Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Master of Business Administration Degree from University of Phoenix and a Certification for School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Certified Worker’s Compensation Professionals (CWCP) from Michigan State University. Hilda is married and has three children.
Major Mattino is a native Floridian and was born and raised in Palm Beach County.
Major Mattino started his career in 1987 in the Purchasing Department responsible for all of the fixed assets in the agency. In 1989 he became a Deputy Sheriff. Major Mattino has held positions in the K-9 Unit, Tactical Unit, SWAT Team, Gang Unit and the Narcotics Unit. Major Mattino was promoted to Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2001, Captain in 2003 and to the rank of Major in 2014.
Major Mattino has a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Barry University in Public Administration.
Major Mattino is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 243 in Quantico Virginia.
Major Mattino has been married to Debbie for over 28 years and has one son Mathew (also a Deputy Sheriff).
He has been promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and was appointed to the rank of Major in March of 2016. Major Brannin has been assigned to and supervised a variety of assignments including Road Patrol, Detective Bureau, Internal Affairs, and Legal Affairs.
Major Brannin holds a Bachelor of the arts in History from Florida Atlantic University and is Currently working on a Masters Degree in History.
In 2008, Teri was selected by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to head the Media Relations Office. She is currently the Bureau Director/Public Information Officer. The Media Relations Bureau is comprised of public information, social media, visual media and graphics.
Teri is the President of CO-OP. A group designed to improve communication and develop professional relationships among governmental agencies and the media. The members include Public Information Officers from city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, fire rescue departments, hospitals, courts, health organizations, emergency management, local utilities, city and county governments, and the print and television media.
In 2011, Teri joined the board of Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County, Inc.
In 2013, Teri joined the board of 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast.
In 2014, Teri became a member of 100+ Women Who Care South Florida.
Teri holds a Bachelor of Public Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Barry University. She is currently enrolled at Barry University working on a Legal Assistant Certificate.
Teri is married to Nick and has two daughters, Britany, 26 years old and Brooke, 20 years old.
CPO Feeney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, holds a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification and also received his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification.
CPO Feeney is an active member of the Institute for Supply Management (Lifetime), National Association of Fleet Administrators, Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators, Florida Sheriff’s Association, and National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Palm Beach County with an annual budget of over $530 million. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has five departments – Administrative Services which includes Information Technology, Personnel Services, Procurement and Financial Services. Management Services, Legal Affairs, Media Relations, Corrections and Law Enforcement Services which includes Communications Operations, Countywide Operations, Homeland Security, South and West Regional Bureaus and Strategic Operations. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of over 4,000 employees and approximately 5,500 volunteers.
Sherry Mazorra has served the PBSO since 2004. Bureau Director Mazorra holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Officer. Sherry Mazorra is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, AICPA and FICPA.
Sherry Mazorra is married and has a son and a granddaughter.