Sheriff Ken J. Mascara July 27 made three promotions, with the retirement of Major Thomas McInerney who had served as Director of Administration. Major Stephen Reuther was promoted from Captain. Captain David Thompson was promoted from Lieutenant. Sgt. Dan Jones was promoted from Deputy.
Major Stephen Reuther
Major Steve Reuther is a native of Weehawken, NJ, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School and a graduate of Indian River Community College.
He holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Barry University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command.
He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1981.
Major Reuther moved from Uniform Patrol to Detective in 1986. In 1993, he was promoted to Sergeant. The following year, he moved to the Training Unit.
In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Administrative Services Division. In 1998, he was transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division. In 2000, he was named Captain of Uniform Patrol.
Since 2003, he has headed the Criminal Investigations Division.
In his new assignment, he will command the Department of Administration.
Major Reuther's career has been characterized by outstanding leadership and performance, which are reflected in letters of commendation dating back to the early 1980s and continuing up to the present day.
Major Reuther is truly a member of the law enforcement family. He brother Brian is Deputy Chief of the Port St. Lucie Police Department, where his brother Tom serves as a Lieutenant.
Captain David Thompson
Captain Thompson was born in Seattle, Wash. He is a graduate of Vero Beach High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, served in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong and was honorably discharged.
Capt. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Barry University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University of Alabama. He also is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course.
He served as a Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer before joining the Sheriff's Office in 1987.
He began his service with the Sheriff's Office in Uniform Patrol. He became a Sergeant in 1990 and transferred to the Tactical Enforcement Unit.
In 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from the Special Investigations Unit to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Captain Thompson's personnel file is loaded with certificates of appreciation, commendations, unit citations and other honors from members of the public, law agencies and this agency.
He will command the Criminal Investigations Division.
Lieutenant Dennis Bernas
Lt. Bernas is a native of Chicago, Ill. He graduated from High School in Summit, Ill. and attended Chicago City College in Chicago. He holds an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph's College of Standish, Maine.
He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged.
Prior to moving to Florida, he was a police officer in Chicago for seven years.
Lt. Bernas joined the Sheriff's Office in 1986 as a member of Uniform Patrol. The following year, he was selected to become one of the first members of the newly created Crime Prevention Unit and was certified by the Florida Attorney General’s Office as a certified crime prevention practitioner.
In 1989, he was promoted to Corporal, and in 1992 he was named Sergeant.
In 1994, he transferred to Uniform Patrol.
He has been recognized by the public, other law agencies and the Sheriff's Office for outstanding service, including a Life Saving Award conferred for his actions last December. In 1991 he was named Palm Beach post law enforcement officer of the year.
Sergeant Dan Jones
Sgt. Dan Jones is a native of Southampton in Suffolk County, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He attended college at the State University of New York Maritime College and Indian River Community College.
He served for three years with the Fort Pierce Police Department.
He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1995, left the agency in 1998 and returned in 2000.
He has served in Uniform Patrol and the Special Investigations Division.
Sgt. Jones has received consistently high marks from his supervisors, and his file contains numerous commendations from law agencies, members of the public and business proprietors.