Department STAFF

Chief of Police Michael Kessie – Chief Michael Kessie is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and began his police career in 1979 at the Schererville, Indiana Police Department in northwest Indiana.  Kessie served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and other positions before retiring as Deputy Chief of Operations after 22 years of service.  After moving to Florida, Kessie worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Campus Police Department.  While at the Campus Police Department, Kessie was a Patrol Officer, Lieutenant and then became Chief of Police in February of 2013.

Kessie holds a degree from Indiana University and attended Command Officer Development School at the Southern Police Institute.  Kessie also attended the Institute of Police Technical Management – Fiscal Management for Law Enforcement, Police Executive Development, and Developing Law Enforcement Managers.

Kessie joined the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) in 2013 and is currently 1st Vice President and a member of the University/Education Chief’s committee.  Kessie is the chairperson of the Suncoast Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board in Sarasota and was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) in June of 2021 for a term through August 2024.

Captain Kathleen Vacca
Sergeant Christopher Rivett
Sergeant Jennifer Coley
Sergeant Kelley Masten
Sergeant Marc Mayoral

Officer Alex Stevenson
Officer Ryan Welch
Officer Roberto Grillo
Officer Michael Clary
Officer Danielle Pruner
Officer John Chirgwin
Officer Jemal Felicien
Officer Kaili Insalaco
Officer Pilar Mahady
Position Open

Administrative Assistant and Dispatch Coordinator Kelly Butler

Police Communications Operator Denise Cooper
Police Communications Operator Robert Brotherton
Police Communications Operator Thomas Kohler
Police Communications Operator Meaghan Smith
Position Open

Community Safety Aide Michael Kepto