News Release #: 17-110
From left: Sergeant Derek Baker, Lieutenant Chris Perz, Captain Debra Kaspar and Sheriff Tom Knight.
Lieutenant Debra Kaspar is promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to the Courts and Corrections Division. Kaspar began her career at the sheriff’s office in 1988 as a Public Service Aide. In 1997, she earned her law enforcement certification and became a patrol deputy. While working fulltime, Kaspar earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo University. Throughout her career she worked in various areas including Community Policing, Youth Services, Criminal Investigations and the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit. In 2006, she was recognized as Deputy of the Year and in 2007, she was nominated by the Attorney General’s Office as School Resource Deputy of the Year. Kaspar earned several other awards and recognitions however, most noteworthy is her distinction as the first female Captain in the history of the sheriff’s office to complete the entire competitive promotional process at the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain.
Deputy Derek Baker is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. In 2006, Baker was hired by the sheriff’s office as a patrol deputy. In 2010, Baker became a field training officer and soon transferred to the Tactical Unit. In 2014, Baker was assigned to the Special Investigations Section where he worked on several high-profile drug cases. Throughout his career, Baker has been recognized with a Unit Citation Award, Combat Cross Award and commendation letters from surrounding agencies. Baker earned his bachelor’s degree from Hodges University.
“This is a very exciting day for the sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “These three members are an exceptional representation of our agency and of law enforcement in general. They understand and practice our values of integrity, service, fairness and respect on a daily basis, and I have no doubt they will continue to make this community very proud.”