Chief Deputy Brian Hester

Chief Deputy Brian Hester is second in command and oversees all agency operations. He oversees the departments of:

  • Detention
  • Court Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
  • Indian River Crime Laboratory

In addition, he directly supervises the work of the General Counsel, Internal Affairs Unit, Public Information and Media Relations, fleet maintenance and facilities maintenance.

Photo of Major Brian Hester


Brian Hester was born in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Travelers Rest High School in 1989 and then from Clemson University in May 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  

He attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and completed his law enforcement certification in January 1995 with highest honors, winning the prestigious J.P. Strom Award, awarded to only one recruit in the entire state of South Carolina.

In July 2006, Brian received his Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership.

Prior to joining the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Brian was a Greer City, South Carolina, police officer and a Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputy.

He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in December 1998 and served for two years as a Patrol Deputy.   

Over the course of his more than two decades at the agency, he has served as a deputy or supervisor in the Special Investigations, District Patrol, Economic Crimes, Training Unit and Professional Standards and Community Engagement Division. He has risen through the ranks from sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major.  In January 2021, he was named Chief Deputy.

Among various initiatives, Brian oversaw the implementation of a massive employee health and wellness initiative, certifying our facility as a national CrossFit affiliate and improving the health and fitness of our employees and has retained his CrossFit Level 2 certification, allowing our agency to remain a nationally-recognized CrossFit affiliate.

After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Brian became the architect of what is now our School Resource Deputy Unit, doubling the size of the unit almost overnight and working almost daily with senior school district officials and other law enforcement partners to ensure safe schools.

Throughout his career, Brian has served on the agency SWAT Team as a member, team leader and currently as a subject matter expert for the National Tactical Officers Association. He has also been an adjunct instructor in both basic recruit academies and advanced and specialized training at IRSC.

Brian is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Class 265, is currently an area representative for the FBI National Academy Alumni Association and is on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Brian, his wife Ginger and their five children attend Westside Church and enjoy boating, dirt bike riding and enjoying anything outdoors.