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SARASOTA COUNTY, October 31, 2018 – To better ensure the safety and security of students, staff and school communities, the Sarasota County School District today announced a strategic shift in school safety that will lead to improved security systems and greater collaboration with local law enforcement and school leaders. 

The first announcement is the appointment of Timothy Enos, current Captain and Emergency Operations Bureau Commander with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, as the school district’s new Executive Director of Safety and Security and Chief of Police, pending employee background checks and School Board approval. Captain Enos, who has a successful and longstanding tenure with the school district, will oversee all strategic safety functions of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. His appointment coincides with Michael Andreas leaving the school district.

The second announcement is the reassignment of Police Chief Paul Grohowski to a senior administrative role working to improve school campus security systems throughout the district.

The school district will also task Sergeant Steve Kim of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department to serve as interim Chief of Police during the month-long transition. Sheriff Tom Knight is assisting the school district by providing an opportunity for Captain Enos to transition into his role throughout the month of November until his background check and School Board appointment are concluded.

“I am thrilled to have Captain Timothy Enos join the school district as its new Executive Director and Chief of Police,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Tim is homegrown. He is a graduate of Riverview High School and a product of the Sarasota County School District. He has previously served as interim Chief of Police and a School Resource Officer in Sarasota County Schools and really understands the important nuances between school principals, administrators and school safety personnel. I can’t think of a more qualified person in Southwest Florida to serve in this capacity, and we are fortunate to have Tim lead the next chapter of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. Our thanks go out to Sheriff Tom Knight for supporting our police department and working with us during this transition. The school district remains deeply committed to our school-based police force and I also want to thank Michael Andreas and Paul Grohowski for their leadership standing up the police department these last three months. I am confident Captain Enos will further enhance the direction and productivity of the amazing men and women who serve as SROs in our schools who work diligently to keep our children safe.”

“I am deeply honored to be the next Executive Director and Chief of Police with Sarasota County Schools,” noted Timothy Enos. “Keeping our students and school communities safe is a top priority and I look forward to collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and the men and women of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.”

“Tim’s passion for education, children, and his community is evident from the work he has done here at the sheriff’s office including his 15 years of service to our Youth Services Section,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Superintendent Bowden has selected a very capable professional to assist him as the district continues its transition into a fully functioning police department. I am happy to support Tim during this next phase of his career and feel confident he will be a strong asset to the Sarasota County School district, its parents, and students.” 

“There is something unique and special about School Resource Officers and the superhero status they have with students every day,” said Jeff Maultsby, COO of Sarasota County Schools. “Timothy Enos’ tenure with Sarasota County Schools, his management roles with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and leadership roles with numerous school-based police officer associations make him an ideal candidate to lead the future of the Sarasota County Schools Police Department. We are fortunate to have someone like Tim who comes with built-in trust, dedication and passion for making a difference leading the future endeavors of our police department. Tim’s remarkable track record stands for itself, and I look forward to collaborating with him and our local law enforcement partners to make our schools even safer going forward.”

Captain Enos has served with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office for more than 15 years and is currently responsible for the overall operation of the emergency operations bureau. Prior to his role as Captain, Enos served in numerous positions in the Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Section, working with the school district to develop departmental policies and procedures for School Resource Deputy programs. He is well-versed in providing counseling to students and leading workshops with school district staff on criminal justice matters that emphasize preventative intervention strategies. Captain Enos also serves as the current Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers and is a senior national instructor and advisory Board member of the School Safety Advocacy Council. His thorough knowledge of school-based policing makes him an ideal candidate to assume the role of Executive Director and Chief of Police.

Captain Enos holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is a graduate of the Command Officers Development Course at the University of Louisville/Southern Police Institute. Earlier this year, Enos graduated from the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sarasota program and the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commanders Academy. Captain Enos is a recipient of the Drug Free Youth Monica Beckett Leadership Award, the National Association of School Resource Officers Model Agency Award, the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association Leadership Award and a recipient of the School Safety Advocacy Council Presidential Citation. Enos currently lives in Sarasota and enjoys being a part of the Riverview High School baseball coaching staff.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SarasotaCountySchools.net

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