Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
    • 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.

      Daniel A. Alvarez, Sr.

      Office: (813) 247-8085

      Daniel A. Alvarez, Sr. joins the Public Information Office with significant experience in corporate communications, marketing and messaging management.  Danny received his Bachelor of science in Journalism degree from the University of Florida, a degree in Education from Troy State University and a law degree from Stetson College. He is an Army veteran and was a jumping member of the historic Fort Benning Command Exhibition Parachute Team, “The Silver Wings.”

      Danny has the distinction of being a three-time Tampa Bay Business Journal Heroes At Work honoree. In 2014, Danny became Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Hispanic Political Director for the Bay Area. In August of 2015, Danny was named the Hispanic Man of the Year by Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. In December of 2015, Danny was awarded the Al Gallon Ministries Community Service Person of the Year, which was chosen by a panel of 200 leaders in the African American Community. Danny is an adjunct Business Law Professor at the University of Tampa. In 2012, Danny was re-appointed by the Hillsborough County Commission to a second four-year term on the Hillsborough Childrens Services Advisory Board. In 2015, Danny was appointed by the Governor of Florida to sit on the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and in 2016 he was elected Secretary of the Board. He is a lifetime member of The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, a perpetual member of several Masonic organizations in the Tampa Area and a member of La Casa Cuba de Tampa.

      Mr. Danny Alvarez, Sr., was born and raised in Florida.  He and his family reside in Hillsborough County.


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