It's not everyday that you promote a Chief Deputy. In fact, it's been more than 14 years since Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office elevated someone to its highest appointed position.
At a special ceremony in front of a packed room of over 350 people today, Donna Lusczynski entered the record books when she was promoted to Chief Deputy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
"This is about talent, merit and proven service not only to the Agency but most importantly to the deputies we lead," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Donna Lusczynski is simply the best of the best and I am proud to stand with her as the new Chief Deputy. She has already made a significant impact on the fabric of this institution, but I know the best is yet to come with her helping guide the way."
Chief Deputy Lusczynski joined HCSO in 1991 and has worked her way up the ranks. Along the way, she was assigned to almost every position in the Agency including successful turns in high visibility assignments like street crimes, narcotics, vice and internal affairs. As a major, she was the division commander of both the Special Investigations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.
"It is that connection to the street and never forgetting her law enforcement roots that sets her apart and makes her perfect for this new role," said Sergeant Chris Rule.
"She is a deputy first and she has never forgotten that," said Rule. "She is extremely well respected because she has always been the kind of leader who puts us first. She knows what we go through because she did it with us. That is the best you could ask for."
The position of Chief Deputy is the highest rank an individual may be promoted to within the agency. Lusczynski will be responsible for helping to run the office on a day-to-day basis including directing operations, managing multi-million dollar budgets and leading law enforcement duties.
Chief Deputy Lusczynski obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa, a Master's Degree from Troy State University in Public Administration and she is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and the Mendoza College of Business Executive Leadership and Management School. She was born in New York City, grew up in Roxbury, New Jersey and has been a resident of Hillsborough County for over 30 years.