Sheriff's Office Promotions

From left: Lt. John Jensen, Sgt. Norman Fernandez and Sheriff Tom Knight.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today promoted Corrections Sergeant John Jensen to Lieutenant and Corrections Deputy Norman Fernandez to Sergeant.

Lieutenant Jensen began his career at the sheriff’s office in 1999 after earning his associate degree in Criminal Justice from Manatee Community College. Throughout his career, Jensen earned both his Corrections and Law Enforcement certifications and in 2013, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Jensen spent time in various areas of the division including Food Services, Training, Medical, Booking, Kitchen and Courts. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course and currently serves as a member of the agency’s Honor Guard.

Sergeant Fernandez began his law enforcement career with the Florida Department of Corrections prior to joining the sheriff’s office in 2011. Since then, Fernandez has worked as a corrections deputy and a member of a Florida Model Jail inspection team. Often designated as officer in charge, Fernandez is known for his interpersonal skills and ability to de-escalate situations while interfacing with inmates. Fernandez earned his associate degree from Southwest Florida College.

“We are immensely proud to elevate both these gentlemen to the next ranks in their career,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Lt. Jensen and Sgt. Fernandez have both shown such charisma, professionalism, and dedication to duty; they truly have a knack for the field of corrections.”