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Release Number: 10-204
- For Immediate Release:
- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- June 21, 2010
- Contact Person:
- J.D. Callaway : email@example.com
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Sheriff's Major Caps Three Decades Of Service
Robert Lucas locked up a successful career in Department of Detention Services.
- June 21, 2010
- Time: 11:02 AM
- Hillsborough County Sheriff's Offfice
- Falkenburg Road Jail
- Tampa, FL
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office bids farewell today to Major Robert Lucas, a veteran member of the Sheriff’s command staff who retires after more than 33 years of service to the citizens of Hillsborough County.
Major Lucas’ last assignment was commander of the Falkenburg Road Jail.
“Bob Lucas helped us shape our Detention Department into one of the finest in the nation,’’ Sheriff David Gee said. “He is a proud former Marine who brought his spit and polish attitude to the Sheriff’s Office and served as a valuable member of my command staff.’’
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Major Lucas served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and earned two decorations for combat-related valor. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1971 as a patrol deputy, then after a stint in the private section, rejoined the Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as a detention deputy.
He earned various promotions over the years from supervisor of the Work Release Center to shift commander at the Morgan Street Jail to commander at the Orient Road Jail. Sheriff Cal Henderson promoted him to the rank of major in 1999.
“I joined the Sheriff’s Office never really thinking about retirement,’’ said Major Lucas, 62. “The years went quickly but I look back on all of it with a sense of accomplishment. It was challenging to say the least, but most of all it was rewarding.’’
Major Lucas, who has a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida, was among the nation’s first certified jail managers. That distinction came from the American Jail Association, where Major Lucas once served a year-term as president. He also is the only detention commander to graduate from the Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute.
Major Lucas also served as commander of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard and commander of the Department of Detention Services’ Tactical Action Control Team.
Major Lucas said he is looking forward “to embracing the leisure side of life,’’ and that includes lots of traveling with his wife Marilyn and keeping up with their four grandchildren.