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 June 11th, 2007  
Veteran Corrections Administrator Maj. F. Patrick Tighe named to Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission

F. Patrick Tighe, a 27-year veteran corrections administrator, has been named to the 12-member Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Pat Tighe joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in December 2002 as Director of Detention,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Since then, Major Tighe has been a great asset to this agency and the people of St. Lucie County.”

Tighe, 51, spent 25 years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office before becoming a member of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

The Commission works to ensure that Florida’s jails meet high professional standards through an accreditation program. The St. Lucie County jail has been accredited under this program since 2000.

When vacancies on the commission occur, commission members select new members.

The website of the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission is

Here is a biography of Major Tighe.

Major F. Patrick Tighe

The Director of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Detention, is Major F. Patrick Tighe, who has over 27 years of experience in Corrections operations.

In 1980 Major Tighe began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections before relocating to Florida where he has spent the last 25 years. Prior to coming to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in 2002, he worked for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. At that agency, he started as a Detention Deputy, eventually working his way to Lieutenant Colonel-Director overseeing 1,930 administrators, managers, supervisors and line staff and an inmate population of more than 4,700. This included working in Central Intake, Inspections, Accreditation and other functions.

His experience with the Broward Sheriff’s Office involved design and construction of a $29 million direct supervision detention facility . This has proved useful at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, where Major Tighe was involved in the planning and construction of a major addition to the St. Lucie County Detention Center.

Major Tighe is very involved with community-based programs to aid in improving the quality of life for jail inmates. Some of the programs are for substance abuse, mental health, religious programs and education. He works on many issues along with the County Commission, Public Defender, Judges, State Attorneys, Religious Leaders, and Mental Health Facilities, to continuously improve the processes in the care, custody, and control of those who are incarcerated. Major Tighe is currently working on the Community Re-Entry Program which assists persons released from jail with transitional housing, counseling, jobs and mentorship.

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