NEWS RELEASE 17-232
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today promoted Deputy Kaal Somppi to Sergeant and Sergeant Michael Dumer to Lieutenant.
Sergeant Somppi began his career at the sheriff’s office as a deputy assigned to the Courts and Corrections Division in 2001. A veteran, Sergeant Somppi served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997, and the United States Naval Reserve from 1999 to 2013. In 2015, he received his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Technical College and became a Corrections Field Training Officer. Throughout his career he spent time in various areas of the division including Booking, Front Desk, Camp X-RAYD, Transport, Visitation, and as an instructor at Suncoast Technical College. Sergeant Somppi earned several certifications from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement including Special Tactical Problems, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crisis Intervention, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, and Stress Management Techniques for the Law Enforcement Profession.
An Air Force veteran, Lieutenant Dumer began his law enforcement career as a part-time police officer in 1998 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, earning his master’s degree from George Mason University that same year. Dumer served as a deputy at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in 2004. Lt. Dumer worked as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Bureau before transferring to the Criminal Investigations Section where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Throughout his career, Lt. Dumer has been nominated four times for Employee of the Month, nominated and awarded Deputy of the Year, and has earned a Meritorious Achievement Award. He holds advanced certifications from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for Field Training Officer, Interview and Interrogations, and Spanish for Criminal Justice Professionals.
“We are immensely proud to elevate two dedicated employees to the next rank in their careers,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Lt. Dumer and Sgt. Somppi uphold the standards of the sheriff’s office, and I am certain they will continue to be excellent leaders for their colleagues and their community.”