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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will promote twenty sworn members at a ceremony in their honor.
For O'Neal Jackson, III being promoted to Captain at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is not about him or what he has done to earn that rank, it's about the people he serves both in the office and on the street.
"This is all about service....You don't want to let the citizens of this County down or your fellow deputies," said Jackson, a 21-year veteran of the force who after Thursday night will now be in charge of almost 160 patrol deputies. "I do this job because I love it and I care about this profession."
Jackson is one of twenty sworn members of the Sheriff's office who will officially be promoted this Thursday at a special ceremony in their honor. The function takes place in front of staff, colleagues, friends and family at 7 p.m. January 11 in the Brandon Campus Auditorium of Hillsborough County Community College, 10414 East Columbus Drive, Tampa.
Deputies are required to maintain high physical standards, pass strict examinations and maintain an exemplary work record and conduct history to be eligible for promotion. Thursday will welcome two Captains, four Lieutenants, five sergeants and nine corporals to the officer ranks at the Agency. Additionally, Michael Perotti will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and be the new commander of Detention Services within the Agency. Perotti is a third generation member of his family to serve HCSO and attain the rank of Major or higher.
To Mayra Negron-Matias impacting others in a positive way is what her new sergeant stripes really mean to her. The sixteen year veteran is being promoted to the Sergeant of a field training unit. "I am blessed and I have had a great career here. Knowing you can influence people by being a good leader is important to me," said Negron-Matias. Her advice to those who one day may look to fill her new shoes? "Always do your best. Doing the right thing and being honest with yourself is the most important. I am my own worst critique and I don't like disappointing you."
O'Neal and Mayra are just two examples of the shining stars being featured at this event. The media is invited and asked to come meet all the new officers being recognized at this special event. This is an extremely special occasion for our Agency and those being honored. We would love for you to meet them, share their stories and learn a little bit more about what has always made our Agency so very special: our people.