Where PSO members are recognized for their outstanding service to the community
2014 Employee of the Year Awards
The following Pasco Sheriff’s Office employees were honored at the annual awards banquet in February, 2014.
Photos by Forensics Investigator Denice Weigand
Civilian of the Year
This year’s recipient of the Civilian of the Year Award is Child Protective Investigator Lyndsie Estes. CPI Estes is being recognized for her unwavering dedication and professionalism in her work with several child abuse cases last year. The first involved a courtesy request from another state to verify the living conditions and welfare of a special needs child. CPI Estes was able to locate the child after the mother tried to take custody, contrary to court order. CPI Estes was able to determine that while the child was in Florida, the mother was in another state, and the child’s legal court-appointed custodian was in a third state. CPI Estes coordinated with the state attorney’s office and other out-of-state agencies to obtain the necessary information to resolve the jurisdictional dispute in just a few weeks. The child’s home state agreed to take physical custody of the child, and CPI Estes then travelled with the child to personally oversee her transfer of custody. The receiving agency was particularly impressed with the work of CPI Estes. In another case, Lyndsie was assigned a case that involved an interstate trafficking issue and a potential abduction or child custody interference issue. Lyndsie abandoned her personal plans for that weekend and began making repeated contacts with the victim to build a rapport with her. She was eventually able to obtain information that substantiated interstate labor trafficking, and indicated a strong suspicion of sexual exploitation. She forwarded her findings to the appropriate local and federal law enforcement agencies, and worked to coordinate the return of the child to her home state and family and ensure that additional services were provided.
For her unwavering dedication to the safety of children both in and out of the jurisdiction of our county, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Civilian of the Year Award is hereby presented to Child Protective Investigator Lyndsie Estes
Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year
Detective Nicole Marchesano is being recognized as the 2014 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year. Det. Nicole Marchesano is being recognized for her work in protecting children in our community. In one case, she was able to get a possibly abused child to open up and talk to her about alleged abuse from his mother’s boyfriend. Even though the case wasn’t in her district, when the Child Protective Services Unit asked her to assist, she didn’t hesitate. The child was reluctant to talk to child protection investigators but Nicole was able to get the child to open up to her. Det. Marchesano’s investigation revealed that the boy’s father coached his 7-year-old son into stating false allegations against the boyfriend on nearly 20 occasions. The boy stated he was scared of his father and that his father had threatened him into making the statements during a custody dispute. Due to Det. Marchesano’s efforts, she was able to take the case to the state attorney’s office and the father was arrested for filing a false child abuse report.
For her work in protecting the welfare of children in our community, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year Award is hereby presented to Det. Nicole Marchesano
Court Services Deputy of the Year
This year’s award for the Court Services Deputy of the Year goes to Kurt Gardner. Kurt’s primary responsibility is the coordination of special projects for the Court Services Bureau. One of these projects has included the development, creation and installation of six security cages for the East and West Courthouses. These cages were built to help secure and preserve evidence for the Clerk of the Court. Dep. Gardner also worked with the Inmate Labor Unit to construct two 16 x 64 feet swine pens for the expansion of the inmate swine program. He has also constructed a new office for sex offender registration by transforming unused space in the detention lobby area, and has created two offices in the Information Technology section by building a wall transforming one office into two offices. Dep. Gardner also assists with the Grounds Maintenance Program, servicing the equipment and making necessary repairs. Dep. Gardner’s leadership and hard work with the Inmate Labor Unit have helped to reduce the costs of these projects to Pasco taxpayers while improving the efficiency of the agency.
For his continued success with the planning, construction and completion of several high-profile projects in the agency, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Court Services Deputy of the Year Award is hereby presented to Dep. Kurt Gardner.
Detective of the Year
Michael Rosa is the recipient of this year’s Detective of the Year Award. Det. Rosa has been a Major Crime detective for nearly four years and his experience is a vital part of his squad’s success. During the last year, Det. Rosa has assisted in the investigation of several homicides and was the lead detective on two homicides and an officer-involved shooting resulting in the death of the suspect. Det. Rosa is also one of the unit’s field training officers and has trained six members of the agency in the Major Crimes Unit, to include four new detectives, as well as a corporal and a sergeant from Road Patrol as part of the agency’s Mentoring Program. Det. Rosa also helped to implement a training program for the new photo pack system and continued to instruct on the program with agency members, and officers from the New Port Richey Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol. Michael also was an instructor for the agency’s new One Solution computer system and assisted in the training of agency members for that program. Det. Rosa accomplished these additional duties while keeping his regular duties and maintaining a 97 percent case clearance rate.
For his exemplary case work in the Major Crimes Unit while simultaneously training new detectives and assisting with other important programs, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Detective of the Year Award is hereby presented to Det. Michael Rosa.
Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year
Cpl. Joseph Zoccoli is being recognized as the Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year. Cpl. Zoccoli has been a field training officer for more than 3 years, and has built a reputation as a reliable and competent FTO. His supervisors and trainees both report that he is passionate about his work and understands the long-term value in properly training new deputies. His sergeant routinely utilizes him for any trainees who may need additional instruction and remedial training. Cpl. Zoccoli has volunteered to be a member of the FTO Committee, and has also volunteered for additional responsibilities as a corporal in District III. Several times one of his former trainees has acknowledged his supervision and guidance as a key component of their development in becoming a successful member of road patrol.
For his continued excellence in developing and guiding new deputies into becoming successful members of our agency, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Law Enforcement Field Training Officer of the Year Award is hereby presented to Cpl. Joseph Zoccoli.
Detention Field Training Officer of the Year
Deputy Major Drake is being recognized tonight as the Courts Services Field Training Officer of the Year. Dep. Drake’s work over the last year has been singled out by his supervisors as exemplary during the training of six Court Services deputies. His knowledge and experience in the Court Services Bureau is demonstrated by his understanding of bureau policies and procedures. He instills the importance of this knowledge in his trainees and always holds them accountable and demands the best from them at all times. Even during high stress situations that is often the norm while working at the jail, Dep. Drake displays a positive attitude which is reflective of our agency’s core values. He is consistent and thorough in his documentation which is vital for accurate training records. Dep. Drake is often cited for his respect and encouragement he instills in the deputies under his tutelage. Dep. Drake is also a member of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, Wellness Committee, and Uniform Committee.
For his continuing commitment to the FTO program and the respect and positivism he instills in new deputies, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office 2014 Court Services Field Training Officer of the Year Award is hereby presented to Dep. Major Drake.