Sheriff Hoffman Holds Promotion Ceremony

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Pictured left to right: Deputies Ed Hyde, Dan Hodge, Ron Bairos, Lieutenant Kyle Pfender, and Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman.

Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is proud to announce the promotion of four sheriff’s office members in a ceremony held on Thursday.
 
Deputy Ed Hyde is promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Hyde in 2014 as a patrol deputy.  He has worked in many positions and units, including the Honor Guard, as a Field Training Deputy, and on the Tactical and Hazardous Devices Units. Hyde has been nominated twice for the Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month and has received a Unit Citation in the Honor Guard and a Lifesaving Award. Sergeant Hyde holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and is one of only nine law enforcement officers in Sarasota County who is a certified U.S. Public Safety Bomb Technician.

Deputy Dan Hodge is promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Hodge in 2010 as a patrol deputy. He later worked in the Special Operations Bureau as part of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Sergeant Hodge has been nominated three times for the Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month and received the award in June 2014. He is currently pursuing a degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management.
 
Deputy Ron Bairos is promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Bairos in 2014 as a patrol deputy. He later transferred to Special Operations as part of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit. That same year he was appointed as a member of SWAT. Sergeant Bairos has been nominated three times for the Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month and received that award as well as a Life Saving Award in 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice.
 
Sergeant Kyle Pfender is promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. The sheriff’s office hired Pfender in 2011 as a patrol deputy. He has served in several positions with the Tactical Unit, special and criminal investigations. In 2013, he was appointed to SWAT where he served as a breacher and team mentor. He was promoted to sergeant in 2019 and has been nominated twice for the Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Month. He also received a Meritorious Achievement Award for his work on a long-term operation as well as a Unit Citation. Lieutenant Pfender holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Criminology.
 
“Leadership and hard work are two important characteristics shared by these members,” said Sheriff Hoffman. “We recognize the years of hard work accumulated by these individuals and applaud them as they take the next steps in their career here at SCSO.”