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 August 27th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara promotes Michael Graves to Major and Jerry Rothman to Captain at Tuesday morning ceremony
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara will promote Michael Graves to Major and Jerry Rothman to Captain at a Tuesday morning ceremony at agency headquarters. The promotion ceremony will follow the 10 a.m. presentation of agency awards at agency headquarters on Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

Michael Graves will be promoted from Captain to Major and Director of Law Enforcement to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Michael O. Monahan after 37 years of service with the Sheriff's Office.

Jerry Rothman will be promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division, a position Capt. Graves currently holds.

Major Michael Graves

Major Graves has been a member of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office since January 1985 -- 27 years. He is a native of Wheeling West Virginia and graduated from High School in Tampa. He holds an Associate of Science degree from what is now Indian River State College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, he was a corrections officer at Indian River Correctional Institution and served for five years as a member of the Fort Pierce Police Department where he worked in patrol, investigations, SWAT and crime prevention. He is proficient at Karate.

He began with the Sheriff's Office as Corporal in charge of the newly created Crime Prevention Bureau. He subsequently was promoted through the ranks to Sergeant, then Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain of Support Services in 1993. In 1997 he served as the assistant to the Director of Detention. In 2002 he joined the Professional Standards Division. The following year he moved to Patrol Support. In 2008 he headed Road Patrol. In January, he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division.

He is known throughout the agency for his attention to detail and professionalism. His commendations are numerous, including many honors within the Sheriff's Office, as well as from other law agencies, governmental agencies and members of the public.

In his new assignment, Major Graves will be the Director of Law Enforcement.

Captain Jerry Rothman

Capt. Jerry Rothman was hired in October 1985 and began his career as a road patrol deputy coming from Broward County. During his 27-year career, his assignments have included Field Training Officer, warrant service as well as intensified traffic enforcement. In 1986, he served as a Sex Crimes Investigator.

In 1989, he was assigned to the agency’s accreditation efforts. Through his perseverance,  the Sheriff's Office attained its first national accreditation. He was promoted to Sergeant in charge of accreditation along with planning and research in 1992.

In 1994, he transferred to road patrol and then became Traffic Unit supervisor in 1996.

In 2002, he was promoted to Lieutenant in charge of professional standards.  As the Accreditation Manager, he managed the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CFA) re-certification processes  in 2002, 2005 and oversaw the processes in 2008 and 2011.  He serves as an accreditation assessor for CFA as well as a team leader.  He has  been recognized for his expertise when he was named the State of Florida “Assessor of the Year” in 2009. He is known throughout the State of Florida for his extensive knowledge and innovative ideas in accreditation.

Jerry supervises Accreditation, Human Resources, Records and Training.  He has served the Sheriff’s Office in union contract negotiations as well covering Public Information duties. 

During his career, he has earned numerous commendations within the Sheriff's Office as well as from other law agencies and organizations.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Warner Southern College.  He is also a graduate of Leadership St. Lucie Class 21.  He is an adjunct faculty member at IRSC for law enforcement management and training.  Jerry is also part-time high school baseball coach.

As Captain, he will be assigned to supervise the Criminal Investigations Division.

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