Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Public Information Office
The HCSO Public Information Office is one of the busiest law enforcement public information offices in the state of Florida. The Public Information Office disseminates information to the public and media on a wide variety of subjects, including agency facts, policies and procedures, breaking news stories and interviews with Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Main Public Information Office Phone Number: 813-247-8060
Corporal Larry McKinnon
Office: (813) 247-8094
Corporal Larry McKinnon joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 2007. He put his decades of law enforcement experience to work in patrol in eastern Hillsborough County. In 2009, Corporal McKinnon was chosen by Sheriff Gee to expand and enhance the agency’s media relations.
Prior to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, Corporal McKinnon was a decorated officer with the Tampa Police Department. He joined the police department in 1982. During his career at TPD, he served as patrol officer, field training officer, narcotics detective and as a member of the Selective Enforcement Bureau. He was also the corporal of the DUI Squad. He was assigned as a Tampa Police hostage negotiator for 11 years.
In 2005 he earned the prestigious Tampa Police Officer of The Year Award for his hard work, dedication and leadership role that helped reduce crime nearly 12 percent. He retired from the Tampa Police Department and was hired as a civilian in the agency’s Public Information Office until his employment with HCSO.
Corporal McKinnon is a Hillsborough County native and lives with his family in Brandon.
Cristal Bermudez Nuñez
Office: (813) 247-8118
Cristal Bermudez Nuñez joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009 and is the newest addition to the Public Information Office. She previously worked in the Community Affairs Office as a liaison for Spanish media, producing brochures for the public, creating video projects, and helping maintain the website and social media accounts. The Public Information Office is responsible for disseminating information to the public and media on a wide variety of subjects, including agency facts, policies and procedures, breaking news stories and interviews with Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Mrs. Bermudez Nuñez was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.