Command Staff

Photo of Sheriff Ken MascaraSheriff Ken J. Mascara
 
Ken J. Mascara took the oath of office as Sheriff of St. Lucie County in January 2001 following his election in November 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
 
Sheriff Mascara is statutorily responsible for the administration of law enforcement service in St. Lucie County, managing detention facilities, providing court security, and serving civil process. His duties also include leadership of 700 sworn and civilian professionals.
 
A long-time resident of St. Lucie County, Sheriff Mascara is the proud father of two children.
 
Affiliations
  • Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (Former Member)
  • Florida Sheriffs Association (Sergeant-At-Arms & Programs Committee Member)
  • St. Lucie County Executive Roundtable
  • Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
  • St. Lucie County Hundred Club (Director)
  • Treasure Coast Builders Association
  • National Sheriffs Association
  • Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriff's Association
Awards and Recognition
  • 2012 Bronze Good Citizenship Medal from St. Lucie River Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
  • 2009 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer Award from the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida
  • 2004 Citizen of the Year, Elks Lodge 2823
  • 2004 and 2002 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, American Legion Post 358
  • 2002 Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America Gulf Stream Council
  • 1988 Citizen of the Year, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 118
Photo of Chief Deputy Garry WilsonChief Deputy Garry Wilson

The Chief Deputy of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is Garry Wilson, whose distinguished law enforcement career spans more than 3 decades.
 
He began his criminal justice career as a police officer in Milford, Connecticut. In 1982, he moved his family to Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County, and joined the Port St. Lucie Police Department. He worked there in a variety of assignments and rose to the rank of Commander. In 1996, the Palm Beach Post named him Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. That same year, he was named Port St. Lucie Citizen of the Year.
 
He holds a criminal justice degree from Indian River State College. He is a 2002 graduate of the 27th Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police which is located in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a 2006 graduate of the 39th Class of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. He also is a graduate of the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, 57th Session, Quantico VA. Nov 2007
 
He is Past President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 118, Past President of the Port St. Lucie Breakfast Rotary Club and Past Executive Director of the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League.
 

In 1996, former Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Chief Deputy Wilson to the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.  In 2000, Governor Jeb Bush reappointed him to the Council for another four years.  In 2007, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Chief Deputy Wilson to the Children’s Services Council.  In 2014, Governor Rick Scott continued Chief Wilson’s appointment to the Children’s Services Council.  He served 15 years on the St. Lucie County Children’s Services Council.

Currently, Chief Deputy Wilson serves as the treasurer of the St. Lucie County Hundred Club, and secretary/treasurer for the Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association.  He serves as chairman of the New Horizons of the Treasure Coast Inc., Board of Directors.  

In November 2000, he retired after 18 years with the Port St. Lucie Police Department to serve as Chief Deputy in the administration of Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Photo of Major Douglas HardieMajor Douglas Hardie
Director of Law Enforcement
 
Major Douglas Hardie commands the Department of Law Enforcement that includes Uniformed Patrol, Criminal Investigations, School Resource, Accreditation, Crime Prevention, Training and Explorer Post #400.
 
He was born in Indian River County and was raised in Fort Pierce. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1987.
 
He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in October 1989 as a Patrol Deputy. In July 1992, he moved to what was then called the Tactical Enforcement Unit. In May 1996, he became a member of the Fort Pierce Housing Authority Policing Unit and served as a drug elimination deputy.
 
In June 1999, he moved to Court Security and became a Master Deputy in December 2000. In May 2001, he was promoted to Sergeant in Court Security. In August 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant in Court Security and in 2015 he was promoted to Captain and assigned to lead the Criminal Investigations Division.
 
During his entire career, he has committed himself to furthering his education. In 1999, He received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Indian River State College. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College.
 
In October 2005, he graduated from the Command Officers Development Course (CODC) program offered by the University of Louisville.
 
In March 2011, he graduated from the FBI National Academy (session 244) in Quantico, Virginia.
 
In December of 2011, he received his Master's degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
 
In April of 2015, he graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston, Massachusetts. 
 
He is a former Marine who served in the reserves from 1987-1991 and served in combat in Operation Desert Storm.
 
In March 2011, he transferred to School Resource where he served as the Unit Lieutenant. In June 2012, he moved to the Special Investigations Unit. In 2014, he was promoted to Captain and now serves in the Criminal Investigation Division.
 
He has been a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team for 25 years and has served as Team Leader for the past seven years. He also served on the SWAT Team from 1990 – 1995.
 
He is a certified EMT and is a law enforcement accreditation assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
Photo of Major Patrick TigheMajor Patrick Tighe
Director of Detention & Judicial Services
 
Major Patrick Tighe commands the Department of Dentention and Judicial Services that includes the St. Lucie County Jail, Court Security Unit, Civil, Execution Unit and Warrants Unit.
 
In 1980, Major Tighe began his career with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections before relocating to Florida where he has spent the last 36 years. Prior to coming to the St Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 2002, his responsibilities were with the Broward Sheriff's Office. While with the Broward Sheriff's Office, he started as a Detention Deputy, working his way to Lieutenant Colonel- Director, overseeing 1,930 administrators, managers, supervisors and line staff with an inmate population over 4,700. Other areas of his job experience include Central Intake, Inspections and Accreditation.

Major Tighe's experience with Broward Sheriff's Office design and construction of a $29 million direct supervision detention facility was a great asset with his direct involvement in the new construction of the St Lucie County Detention Center's addition which was completed in year 2006.
 
Involvement with programs in the community that aid in improving the quality of life of those who unfortunately make wrong decisions and come through the doors of the St Lucie County jail is one of Major Tighe's on-going interests. Some of these programs include Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Religious programs and Education.
 
Major Tighe has formed a close network with the County, Public Defender, Judges, State Attorneys, Chaplains, and Mental Health Facilities to continuously improve the processes in the care, custody, and control of those who are incarcerated.

Since Major Tighe's career began, he has had many opportunities and challenges which assisted him to arrive where he is today.
Photo of Captain Adam GoodnerCaptain Adam Goodner
Patrol Operations Commander
 
Captain Goodner oversees the Patrol Operations Division that include uniformed/district patrol, Trafffic, Aviation, Marine, K-9 and STAR Team. He also oversees the School Resource Deputy Unit, Agency Accreditation, Training, Crime Prevention and Explorer Post 400.
 
Captain Goodner was born in Fort Pierce and graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School. He completed the Florida Basic Recruit Law Enforcement Officer Academy and his Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Indian River State College.
 
In September of 1992 he was hired by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office as an Auxiliary deputy and then as a full-time deputy in April of 1993.
 
During his tenure with the agency, Captain Goodner has worked in the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective and supervisor, Uniformed Patrol, Special Investigations and Internal Affairs.
 
For more than 20 years, he has been a certified adjunct driving instructor and has been part of the agency’s firearms training cadre. 
 
For many years, Captain Goodner has served as the team leader for the Crisis Negotiation Team and has become a statewide leader among crisis negotiators, completing his first of two terms as the President of the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators.  
Captain Jerry Rothman
Criminal Investigations Commander
 
Captain Jerry Rothman began his law enforcement career in 1985. His initial assignments included Field Training Officer, warrant service and intensified traffic enforcement. In 1986 to his transfer in 1989, he also 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 the 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 became a Certified Accreditation Professional in (2009) and is known throughout the State of Florida for his extensive knowledge and innovative ideas in accreditation.
 
As Lieutenant, he supervised Accreditation, Human Resources, Records and Training. He has served the Sheriff’s Office in union contract negotiations as well covering Public Information duties.
 
In 2012, he was promoted to Captain of Criminal Investigations. While serving in this capacity, he was instrumental in starting the agency's Intelligence Led Policing efforts. He also oversaw the expansion of specialized investigations such as a full-time electronic forensic technician, a full-time Internet Crimes Against Children detective, and a full-time Gang squad.
 
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’s degree in Management from Warner Southern College. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute in Police Executives 34th Session Boston, Massachusetts and Leadership St. Lucie Class 21. He is an adjunct faculty member at IRSC for law enforcement management and training. Aside from law enforcement, Jerry is committed to community and public service endeavors and serves as a volunteer for several local non-profit agencies.
 
Photo of Captain Kevin DietrichCaptain Kevin Dietrich
Court Services Commander
 
Kevin Dietrich was born in the city of Emmetsburg, in Palo Alto, Iowa.  He graduated high school from Emmetsburg Community High School in 1982 and Iowa Lakes Community College in 1985 with an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
 
Kevin began his career with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1990 as a road patrol deputy.  However, he came to the agency dually certified in both corrections and law enforcement.  His time at the agency has placed him in almost every function including road patrol, traffic, special investigations, criminal investigations, school resource, court security and now patrol support that includes aviation/marine, K9, traffic, the STAR team, the Honor Guard and the Reserve Unit.
 
Kevin completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Public Safety Management from Indian River State College in 2012.  Kevin is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 233, and the Command Officer Development Course Class 39 from the Southern Police Institute in 2004.
 
Kevin was promoted to Captain in 2016 and currently oversees the agency's judicial support functions that include court security, civil process and warrants unit.
Photo of Captain William LawhornCaptain William Lawhorn
Assistant Director/Jail Operations Commander
 
Captain William Lawhorn is the Assistant Director of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Detention, with over 24 years of experience and knowledge in the field of corrections.

In 1989, he began his career with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where he held various positions beginning as a Detention Deputy and Deputy Sheriff, working his way to Major and Executive Officer to the Director of Detention. Responsibilities included working Central Intake, Professional Compliance (Internal Affairs), Accreditation Manager, and Detention Compliance Manager.

In 2007, Captain Lawhorn relocated to the State of Vermont and continued his career in corrections as the Director of Security, Operations and Audits for the state’s prison system where he assisted the Facilities’ Executive. In 2011, Captain Lawhorn assumed the responsibilities of the Facilities’ Executive, directing the prison system for Vermont until 2013.

In May 2013, Captain Lawhorn returned to his roots in Florida and assumed the responsibilities as the Assistant Director of Detention for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. 

His accomplishments include establishing a manual of detention facility standards for the State of Vermont’s corrections system, published in three national corrections publications, speaker at the National Sheriffs Association, American Correctional Association, and the Florida Sheriffs Association. He is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program for the Vermont Agency for Human Services, the Executive Leadership Program at Florida Atlantic University, the Command Officer Development Course at the Southern Police Institute, and he majored in Corrections Administration at the John Jay City College of New York.
Photo of Director Toby LongToby Long
Director of Professional Services & Technology
Photo of General Counsel Adam FettermanAdam Fetterman
General Counsel
 

Adam Fetterman has served as the Sheriff’s General Counsel since 2006, the first person to hold the position as in-house legal counsel for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Fetterman develops and directs the legal strategy for the Sheriff’s Office, oversees all risk management activities, coordinates with outside counsel in the active defense of claims brought against the office, manages the agency’s civil forfeiture program, coordinates legislative efforts, handles public records requests, and conducts training on important legal issues.

A graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, Mr. Fetterman attended the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated in 1998, cum laude. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Business Law Journal, was a national trial competition finalist, and held internships with the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General and United States Federal Magistrate Judge Ted E. Bandstra.

In our community, Mr. Fetterman has been a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County, serving on their Board of Directors for nearly a decade and as President from 2007-08. He also previously served as President of the St. Lucie Children’s Coalition, Vice President of the Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County, March for Babies Chairman for the March of Dimes, and volunteered with numerous community non-profits. In 2015, he was honored with the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County’s Kathryn Basile Champion for Children Award. Along with his wife, in 2012 Mr. Fetterman helped to found The Inner Truth Project, a non-profit serving survivors of sexual abuse and rape across the Treasure Coast. He presently serves on the St. Lucie Medical Center Board of Trustees, and is the Secretary of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys.

Mr. Fetterman had the honor of serving the Treasure Coast in the Florida Legislature as State Representative from 2008-2010. He served as Chairman of the Legislative Delegations for St. Lucie and Martin Counties, and in 2010 was the recipient of both the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Award and Florida Education Association’s Freshman Friend of Public Education Award.

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