(Citrus County, FL) Today, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) officially announces the promotion of four well-accomplished professionals and recognizes their innumerable talents, skills, and potential to serve at a higher level in CCSO’s mission to deliver excellence in public safety.

While these vital realignments have already taken place, today’s ceremony is a formal announcement of each member’s well-deserved placement within the agency. These promotions were made to further strengthen and structure the CCSO for future endeavors.

In preparing for the future, the following promotions took place:

 Sergeant Paul Viggiano to Operations Lieutenant
Lieutenant Viggiano began his career with CCSO on April 6, 2009, and has since served as a Deputy Sheriff, K-9 Deputy, Domestic Violence Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant. He has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Leo University and is pursuing his B.S. in Criminal Justice.

 Sergeant Lee Carey to Patrol Lieutenant
Lieutenant Carey joined CCSO on June 29, 2011, serving as a Deputy Sheriff, Community Crimes Detective, Major Crimes Detective, Major Crimes Officer-In-Charge, Judicial Services Sergeant, and Special Operations Sergeant. Lt. Carey is also a member of CCSO’s Honor Guard and the Team Leader of the Crisis Negotiation Team. Lt. Carey earned his B.S. in Business and Organizational Management and is enrolled in graduate school.

 Detective Brian Casalvieri to Operations Sergeant
Sergeant Casalvieri began working for CCSO in January of 2013. During Sgt. Casalvieri’s time with the agency, he has held the title of Deputy Sheriff, Field Training Officer, Major Crimes Detective. He earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and is a current SWAT team member.

 Community Resource Officer Heath Schaffer to Special Operations Sergeant
Sergeant Schaffer started as a Deputy Sheriff with the agency in March of 2008. Sgt. Schaffer advanced to Tactical Impact Unit Detective and eventually transitioned over to the Community Resource Officer for the City of Inverness. He is a member of SWAT and Honor Guard. Sgt. Schaffer completed his A.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2003.

“We recognize these leaders for the many positive contributions they have made in public safety,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “Each will bring a wealth of knowledge to their new roles and serve the citizens of Citrus County well.”

Key factors that played a role in the decision to promote the above professionals include experience, expertise, and their abilities to consistently exceed the expectations and requirements of their roles.

Please join our office as we congratulate these outstanding professionals as they celebrate their major career achievements.