David Gee, 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
Office: (813) 247-8059
Debbie Carter has been employed with the Sheriff's Office for over 20 years in the Public Information Office. She currently serves as the Public Information Officer in the Nations 12th largest media market. She is a member of the National Information Officers Association and the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association. As a member of the Public Information Officers Associates, Ms. Carter is utilized by law enforcement agencies throughout the state as a trainer for new Public Information Officers. She is currently the President of the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association. She also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force Public Affairs Committee.
Ms. Carter is the President of Crime Stoppers of West Central Florida, a not for profit organization involving law enforcement, businesses and media to publicize information about wanted criminals to the community through television and printed media. She also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation.
She is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 108 and Regional Critical Incident Team. At the inception of the Sheriff's Office Peer Support Team in 1995 Ms. Carter served as the assistant coordinator and served as the Team Coordinator from 1997 until 2010.
Detective Larry McKinnon
Office: (813) 247-8094
Detective 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, Detective McKinnon was chosen by Sheriff Gee to expand and enhance the agency’s media relations.
Prior to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, Detective 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.
Detective 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.