Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Frank DeMario serves as the Senior Executive Staff Officer for the Department of Law Enforcement and Community Operations. As the Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, he is responsible for an annual budget of $498 million, with a staff composition of 1,626 sworn and 1,631 civilian personnel.
Chief Operating Officer George Forman leads the PBSO C-Suite and is responsible for the Department of Employee Services, the Financial Services, Information Technology and Commercial Services Bureaus. COO Forman is active in many professional, fraternal and philanthropic organizations, including Leadership Florida’s Executive Board, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s Board, as well as serving as Chair of PBSO’s 457 Fiduciary Board and the Executive Sponsor for the Broken Star Foundation.
Colonel Robert L. Allen, Strategic Operations, is a career Law Enforcement Officer with over 40 years of professional experience. He currently commands the Department of Strategic Operations which encompasses the Bureaus of Major Crimes, Homeland Security, Emergency Operations and Investigative Operations. He oversees over 800 employees, both sworn and civilian.
Department of Uniform Operations.
After his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Colonel Antonio 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 Major and was appointed to the rank of Colonel on September 12, 2017.
Department of Corrections Operations
Colonel Starling oversees Corrections Operations, which consists of the Inmate Management, Corrections Support Services, Standards & Staff Development, Contract Compliance, Corrections Court Security, and Corrections Security for the Main Detention Center & West Detention Center. The divisions provide services to individuals throughout their period of incarceration. Operations include Booking and Release, Inmate Records, Inmate Property, Inmate Court, Inmate Video Visitation, Transportation, Classification, and Housing.
Colonel John L. Prieschl is a career law enforcement professional with approximately 33 years of local law enforcement experience. He is responsible for overseeing the Department of Professional Standards, which is comprised of Legal Affairs, the Division of Internal Affairs, the Training Division, and Staff Inspections (policy/accreditation).
Colonel Prieschl was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Jupiter Police Department. He was hired by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1993. His training and experience are diversified to include assignments in Vehicle Homicide Investigations, Training Division, Field Training Program, Internal Affairs, Court Services, and Patrol Operations. He started promoting through the ranks in early 2000 and eventually commanded a Patrol District, the Training Division, and Internal Affairs before being promoted to the rank of Major in 2017. In 2021, he was promoted to Colonel to oversee the aforementioned Department of Professional Standards.
Department Director Andrea Lueghausen is a civilian law enforcement professional with approximately 44 years of experience. She is responsible for overseeing the Department of Operational Support which is comprised of the Communications Division, Radio Services Division, Records Production Division, Central Records Division, Alternate Response Unit, and Operational Technology Unit.
Major Mark Alexander, Bureau Director of Investigative Operations since 2015, has provided dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office for over 27 years. Major Alexander started with PBSO as a Road Patrol Deputy and has subsequently served as Community Policing Deputy, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Watch Commander Road Patrol Operations, Executive Officer in the Special Investigation Division, and Commander of Internal Affairs prior to his current assignment. In addition to his longstanding career with the Sheriff’s Office, Major Alexander also obtained his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Major William Brannin currently serves as the senior executive officer for the East Regional Bureau of Patrol Operations. The East Region consists of District 1 – West Palm Beach, District 14 – City of Lake Worth Beach and District 16 – City of Greenacres. The East Regional Bureau consists of 301 dedicated men and women committed to providing professional law enforcement services to our residents and guests.
Major Eric Coleman oversees the West Regional Bureau of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office which encompasses nine Sheriff’s Office districts west of 441/SR 7 for Midwestern and Western Palm Beach County. The districts include the municipalities of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee Groves, Westlake, Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee, as well as unincorporated areas of the Acreage and western Palm Beach County. The West Region has a combined staff of 323 dedicated men and women committed to serving the citizens of Palm Beach County.
Major Michael DeVoter is a dual-certified Corrections professional with more than 25 years of public service. He joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office following honorable service in the Persian Gulf as a member of the United States Army. Major DeVoter has progressed through the ranks becoming the commanding officer of the Security Bureau of the Department of Corrections in 2019. The Security Bureau consists of the Main Detention Center, West Detention Center and Central Detention Center (currently closed).
Major Kyle Haas has been a resident of Palm Beach County for over 40 years and began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. Over the span of his career, Major Haas has served as Patrol Deputy, Detective (Violent Crimes), Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant (Domestic Violence Unit), Watch Commander, Administrative Lt. and Captain (Internal Affairs). He currently commands the Professional Compliance Bureau comprised of the Internal Affairs Division, Training Division and Staff Inspections.
Major Haas has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Public Administration from Barry University. Major Haas is married and has two children.
Chris Keane began his career with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 and currently holds the rank of Major. His previous assignments within PBSO are diverse and include Field Training Officer, Emergency Field Force Team, Organized Crime Bureau Detective, Hostage Negotiator, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Watch Commander, Administrative Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant and District Commander.
Major Ron Mattino currently commands the North Regional Bureau of Patrol Operations. The North Region consists of District 2 (Mangonia Park), District 3, District 10 (Lake Park), and District 20 (Palm Beach Shores). In addition to the Patrol Districts, Major Mattino commands the Community Resources Division.
Major Talal Masri started his public safety career in 1995 when he became a paramedic with the City of Greenacres Department of Public Safety. Major Masri later became a Public Safety Officer – a police officer-firefighter. In 2000, Major Masri joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) as a road patrol deputy in District 3. His career at PBSO includes DUI Investigator, Aggressive Driving Enforcement, Strategic Intelligence Agent, Sergeant Road Patrol , Detective Sergeant Crimes Against Children, Court Services, Lieutenant Road Patrol, Detective Lieutenant Violent Crimes (Robbery and Homicide), and Command Duty Officer Road Patrol.
Major Masri currently oversees the newly formed Major Crimes Bureau comprised of the Violent Crimes Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Technical Services Division, and the Forensic Sciences Division. Major Masri has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Major Masri is married with two teenage sons.
Major Sean P. Murray serves as an executive staff officer and commanding officer for the Emergency Operations Bureau. Major Murray has been serving the citizens of Palm Beach County for over 27 years. Prior to joining PBSO in 1995, he worked for the Florida Marine Patrol (1989-1995). During his tenure, Major Murray has commanded various assignments and task forces comprising patrol operations, field training, tactical operations, special operations, and homeland security.
Major Murray earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course, University of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, at Boston University, Massachusetts. Major Murray has extensive training in police leadership, incident management, strategic thinking, and tactical applications. He is the Chair of Law Enforcement for the Regional Domestic Security Task Force – Region 7.
Major Darlyn Morris is currently the commanding officer of the Operations Bureau of the Department of Corrections. The bureau consists of Inmate Management Division, Corrections Support Services, Standards & Staff Development, Corrections Contract Compliance, and Corrections Court Security. The Corrections Operations Bureau has a combined staff of 406 dedicated men and women committed to serving the citizens of Palm Beach County.
Major Robert Van Reeth is a career law enforcement professional with 44 years of experience. He is currently assigned to Community Operations which encompasses Community Services (includes Community Relations, School Traffic Safety, Volunteer Services, and the LE Reserve & Auxiliary Unit), Alarm Enforcement/Off-Duty Permits (includes the PAL Program and Volunteer Chaplains), the Special Events Unit (includes the Explorer Program), and the Honor Guard.
Teri Barbera, Bureau Director/Public Information Officer, is a 34-year veteran of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She has worked in various divisions at the Sheriff’s Office including, Booking/Inmates Records, Work Release/In-House Arrest, Corrections Administration, Off Duty Employment, Human Resources and Media Relations. Teri has spent the majority of her career in Media Relations.
Bureau Director Thomas Cunningham began his career in 1997 at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office after receiving an honorable discharge serving in the Military Police Corps of the United States Army. He has served in various roles within the Communications Division including 9-1-1 Communications Officer, Communications Supervisor, Section Manager and Division Manager.
Terence Feeney serves as the Agency’s Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). With more than 30 years of public and private procurement and contracting experience, he serves as the Director of the Commercial Services Bureau. As Director of the Commercial Services Bureau, he has achieved much success in providing oversight and direction in Procurement, Fleet Management, and Logistics & Materials Management. Under his leadership, the Procurement Department has been the recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award several years in a row. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) is the only sheriff’s office to have received the award in the award’s twenty-four-year history. In addition, the agency has been awarded THE TOP 100 PUBLIC FLEET award since 2009. In 2018, the PBSO Fleet Department was ranked the 4th Best Public Fleet in the country and the only Sheriff’s Office recognized in the Top 100.
Sherry Mazorra, Chief Financial Officer , is currently assigned to the Financial Services Bureau. Financial Services Bureau encompasses three divisions within the Palm Beach County Sheriff‘s Office: Accounting; Budget and Financial Reporting & Internal Controls. At present, there are 48 civilian employees assigned to these various divisions with a current Operating Budget of $5,700,000.00 for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016.
Dale Sisson, Information Technology Bureau Director , started working at PBSO in 1989 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 IT department for over 10 years. During those years he worked through Y2k and assisted in the data migration for the Oracle implementation.
Bureau Director Karen L. Thomas is a career Human Resources professional with more than 30 years of experience. She currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Bureau Director for the Personnel Services Bureau. In her role as CHRO, Karen is a member of the Executive Staff and is responsible for leading the Personnel Services Bureau, which encompasses Employment, Labor Relations, Classification & Compensation, Benefits and Risk Management. A total of 56 employees are currently assigned to these specialty areas to support approximately the 4,000 employees within the agency.