Sheriff Hoffman Holds Promotion Ceremony
NEWS RELEASE 21-038 - JUNE 24, 2021
From left: Lieutenant Scott Huber, Emergency Operations Manager Linde Bryington, Sergeant Richard Weaver,
Emergency Operations Supervisor Kristen Williams, and Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.
Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to promote four sheriff’s office members to new ranks.
Sergeant Scott Huber is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Huber was first hired by the sheriff’s office in 2000 before leaving to attend Officer Candidate School with the United States Coast Guard in 2003. After more than three years of active duty assigned to an anti-terrorism team, he was rehired by the sheriff’s office in 2006 and continues to serve with the Coast Guard Reserves. Huber transferred to the Special Investigations Section in 2008 where he was assigned as a detective. Following his promotion to sergeant in 2015, he was assigned to Court Services for one year until returning to Special Investigations where he has since remained. Huber has been a member of the Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (S.U.R.F.) since 2007 and currently oversees the unit. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.
Deputy Richard Weaver is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Weaver began his law enforcement career in 2010 when he was hired by the sheriff’s office. Upon completion of his field training, he was assigned as a deputy within the Patrol Bureau. Throughout his career, Weaver has been commended several times for his professionalism, dependability, and compassion. He previously attended St. Petersburg College and has advanced training in several areas including crisis intervention, DUI investigation, and speed enforcement.
Emergency Operations Supervisor Linde Bryington is promoted to the rank of Emergency Operations Manager assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Bryington was hired in 2006 as a Communications Operator, eventually promoting to the rank of Operator I in 2016. The following year, she was promoted again to Emergency Operations Supervisor and was later selected as joint recipient of the 2017 Quality Assurance Award. Bryington has served as a Communications Training Officer and a member of the Incident Dispatch Team. She also received the Phoenix Award from the Sarasota County Fire Department for providing life-saving CPR instructions. Bryington has advanced training in Emergency Medical and Fire Dispatch, FEMA Incident Command Structure, Instructor Techniques, and earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida.
Communications Operator I Kristen Williams is promoted to the rank of Emergency Operations Supervisor assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Williams joined the sheriff’s office in 2014 when she was hired as a Communications Operator III. Her career progressed quickly, promoting to the rank of Operator II in 2015 and again to Operator I just two years later. In 2019, Williams transferred to the Professional Development Section assigned as a Training Operator. She served as a Communications Training Officer and earned certifications in Emergency Medical and Fire Dispatch, FEMA Incident Command Structure, Instructor Techniques, and Verbal Judo. Williams is a current member of the Incident Dispatch Team and was selected as the Incident Dispatch Officer in Charge earlier this year.
“These men and women have shown their commitment to serving the citizens of Sarasota County,” said Sheriff Hoffman. “I have no doubt these members are equipped with the knowledge they need to perform at the highest level, and it is my pleasure to support them as they take the next step in their careers.”