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 September 18th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Major Michael O. Monahan retires after 37-year career, Sheriff Mascara announces
Major Michael O. Monahan, who joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 1975, retires at the end of the month from the agency after 37 years of distinguished service, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Major Monahan began his career as a deputy at the county jail," Sheriff Mascara said. "He rose through the ranks to become Director of Law Enforcement with the rank of Major. He excelled at every assignment. We will miss his dedication, leadership and sense of duty to the people of St. Lucie County."

Among his assignments were supervisor of Road Patrol, Special Investigations (the drug unit) and Criminal Investigations (all detectives.) As supervisor of the Special Investigations Unit, he oversaw cases involving the seizure of tons of marijuana and pounds of cocaine.

As Director of Law Enforcement, he headed the Sheriff's Office's law enforcement response to the hurricanes and severe storms of 2004, 2005 and subsequent years.

Hundreds of members of federal, state and local law agencies, and members of the public attended his retirement luncheon Aug. 31 at Fort Pierce River Walk Center.

"Major Monahan served the people of St. Lucie County with honor and creativity," Sheriff Mascara said. "He always led from the front and commanded the respect of everyone at the Sheriff's Office and all other agencies he worked with. He helped the Sheriff's Office make the transition from serving a primarily rural county to providing safety and security for a culturally and economically diverse community that is the home of some of the most advanced technologies in the State of Florida."

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