Sheriff's Office Promotions

NEWS RELEASE 18-084
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Lieutenant Craig Fairly, Sergeant Mariah Piper, Lieutenant Adam Kaskey, Captain Ryan Brown, Sergeant Edgar Sanchez, and Sheriff Tom Knight.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to announce the promotion of five Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office members.

Deputy Edgar Sanchez is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Courts and Corrections Bureau. Sanchez began his law enforcement career in 2007 when he attended the Florida Department of Corrections Institute in Charlotte County. He earned his certification and joined the sheriff’s office in 2008. Sanchez has advanced training in several areas including Discipline and Special Confinement Techniques, Crisis Intervention, Firefighting for Correctional Officers and Field Training Officer for Corrections. Sanchez is an instructor at the Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy and teaches the Corrections Basic Recruit Academy as well as Spanish for Law Enforcement. He is a member of the Corrections Emergency Response Team and earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

Detective Mariah Piper is promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Piper’s career began in 2002 as a member of the St. Petersburg Police Department. She joined the sheriff’s office in 2006 and worked in various areas of the agency including the Patrol Bureau, Mounted Patrol Unit, Criminal Investigations Section, and most recently in the Special Victims Unit. Piper is a hostage negotiator and field training officer. She also teaches at the Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy on topics including First Aid, Defensive Tactics and Driving. Piper has advanced training in Crisis Intervention, Interviews and Interrogations, and Instructor Techniques. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Sergeant Adam Kaskey is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section. Kaskey began his law enforcement career in 2004 when he joined the Florida Highway Patrol as an auxiliary trooper. In 2005, Kaskey started at the sheriff’s office where he went on to become a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Bureau. Kaskey is a Tactical Flight Officer for the agency’s Aviation Unit and also holds his private and commercial helicopter pilot license. Kaskey has been nominated for employee of the month four times and earned a Meritorious Achievement Award in 2018. Kaskey is heavily involved in the agency’s Rightful Policing Strategy initiative and has advanced training in Traffic Homicide, Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Crisis Intervention and Interviews and Interrogations. Kaskey served active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps followed by seven years as a Marine Corps Reservist. He earned a National Defense Service Medal and was an honor graduate from the school of amphibious assault. Kaskey earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida.

Sergeant Craig Fairly is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Fairly began his law enforcement career in 1987 when he joined the Fort Walton Police Department. In 1993, he joined the sheriff’s office as an auxiliary deputy and was hired as a full-time deputy in 1995. Throughout his career, Fairly worked in both the Patrol Bureau and Criminal Investigations Section. Fairly has advanced training in Investigative Interviews, Crisis Intervention and Sex Crimes Investigations. He was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in 2006 and is recognized for being instrumental in developing the sheriff’s office call clearing guide; a document used daily by both sworn and civilian personnel. Fairly earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Alabama and is currently completing his master’s degree.

Lieutenant Ryan Brown is promoted to the rank of Captain assigned to the Patrol Bureau. Brown joined the sheriff’s office in 1997 as a corrections deputy recruit. He earned his associate’s degree as well as both his corrections and law enforcement certifications in 1998 and was nominated for Corrections Officer of the Year in 2001. The following year, Brown joined the Law Enforcement Division as a patrol deputy where he would continue to get involved with the agency’s Emergency Response Team and SWAT team. Throughout his career, Brown worked in the Criminal Investigations Section, Patrol Bureau, Civil Section, and Special Operations Bureau. Most notable is Brown’s position since 2014, as the agency’s SWAT team commander where he has helped the team earn several awards including a Unit Citation and recognition for several regional SWAT competitions. Brown has advanced training in Crisis Intervention, Interviews and Interrogations, Narcotics Identification and Investigations, and is an instructor in firearms and force-on-force training. A member of the Florida SWAT Association and National Tactical Officer’s Association, Brown holds his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida.

“This is a very exciting day for the sheriff’s office family,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “It gives me great pride to promote five deserving members who have elevated through the ranks by setting an example for others by leading with integrity and respect. I have no doubt these influential men and women will continue to set a fine example for this community we all call home.”