Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-1-22

Date: January 30, 2019

James Reyes was promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel overseeing the Department of Administration. He began his career at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2000. As a deputy sheriff, he worked at the Main Jail and at the North Broward Bureau where he was a member of the Crisis Intervention Team in the Mental Health Unit. Colonel Reyes also served as a field training deputy and a mental health program deputy. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006 and was assigned to the Mental Health Unit at the North Broward Bureau. During his assignment as a sergeant, the Mental Health Unit received the Unit of the Year Award. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned as the alpha shift commander at the Main Jail. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of captain serving as the facility commander of the Joseph V. Conte Facility and, later, as the commander overseeing the Central Intake Bureau. Colonel Reyes was promoted to the rank of major in 2014 and assigned as the assistant director overseeing the department’s south operations. In 2015, he was assigned as the administrative major overseeing the department’s Investigations and Projects Unit, Classification Unit, Facilities Management Unit and the Biometric Identification Unit. In 2017, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel assigned as the director of the Department of Detention. Colonel Reyes earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Barry University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. In 2012, he graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Leadership Program. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute’s 67th Command Officer’s Course. In addition, Colonel Reyes is a member of Alpha Chi, Pi Gamma Mu and Alpha Phi Sigma honor societies in the social sciences.  

Josefa Benjamin was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel serving as director of the Department of Detention. Lt. Col. Benjamin began her career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a Communication’s Division 911 dispatcher. She completed the 126th Corrections Academy in 1997 and was voted class president during that training. In 1999, she successfully completed the Rehabilitative Instructor Training Course at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, to become a certified drill instructor. During the course, her leadership abilities were recognized by the course facilitators who awarded her the R.I.T.C. Leadership Award. In 2002, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and continued to elevate through the ranks to her current position. Throughout her career, she has focused her attention on program units and youthful offenders, in addition to working with inmates in need of substance abuse treatment. Lt. Col. Benjamin was also assigned to the Military Training Unit as a drill instructor and subsequent to her first promotion, as a drill sergeant. In addition, she assumed the role of commander of the Carol L. Andrews Leadership Academy. The academy was a partnership between the Broward County School Board and Broward Sheriff’s Office that focused its attention on preventing incarceration for youth at greater risk due to economic and demographic status. Lt. Col. Benjamin was also a proud member of the Emergency Response Team and Honor Guard. During her tenure, Lt. Col. Benjamin completed the Executive Leadership Program at Nova Southeastern University in 2007, the Southern Police Institute Command Officers’ Course in 2009 and the National Jail Leadership Command Academy in 2015. Her involvement in the community and commitment to developing others are unparalleled. She served on the Development Board of Big Cardio, a 4KIDS of South Florida/BIG Children’s Foundation fundraising initiative for youth in crisis. In addition, Lt. Col. Benjamin is passionate about taking a proactive stance to combat juvenile incarceration; therefore, she considers it a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for the only all boys academy in Broward County, The Piney Grove Boys Academy, where she mentors and coaches young men from surrounding inner city areas.

David Holmes was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel in the Department of Law Enforcement overseeing Road Patrol Services. In January of 1994, Lt. Col. Holmes began his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations as an intelligence analyst assigned to the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1996, he left the FBI and joined the Drug Enforcement Administration as a diversion investigator. In 1998, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office. During his career with BSO, he worked road patrol in the Central Broward District, served on the district’s Selective Enforcement Team and the detective bureau. In 2001, he was assigned to Internal Affairs where he worked both as a detective and sergeant before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant in December 2006. After his promotion to lieutenant, he was assigned to the Lauderdale Lakes District as an operations lieutenant and later to the South Broward District where he served as executive lieutenant. Since then, he’s continued rising through the ranks, becoming BSO’s district captain in North Lauderdale in early July 2010 and being promoted to regional major for the Department of Law Enforcement in January 2013. Lt. Col. Holmes has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute’s Executive Leadership Program, completed Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Leadership Program in 2007 and graduated from the 261st session of FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2015.

Angela Neely was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel and will oversee the Department of Detention Administration. Lt. Col. Neely joined the Broward Sheriff's Office on March 5, 1990 as a detention deputy. She was promoted to the rank of sergeant where she supervised at the Main Jail, North Broward and the Central Intake bureaus.  In 2002, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, at which time she served in the Paul Rein Facility as well as other locations. In addition, she served as captain for the Joseph V. Conte’s direct supervision facility and was later promoted to assistant director of Administration. As assistant director, Lt. Col. Neely managed several support units within the Department of Detention which includes:  the Classification Unit, Bio-Metrics (Fingerprints), Maintenance, Inmate Property Unit, Investigations and Projects Unit, and the contracted vendors for Food Service and inmate Medical Care. Lt. Col. Neely holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a specialization in Psychology. She is a graduate of the 2011 Executive Leadership Program; the 2014 National Jail Leadership Command Academy at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and the 2014 Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course of Louisville, Kentucky.  

Joseph Achilarre was promoted from captain to major overseeing the Strategic Investigations Division. Major Achilarre started his career in 1995 as a deputy in the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deerfield Beach District.  Since that time, he has served in many roles within BSO.  He was a field training officer, a detective in the Gang Unit and has been a sergeant in Patrol Services, Selective Enforcement Team and the Criminal Investigations Division.  He served as a section lieutenant in the Strategic Investigations Division, managing units that include Counter Terrorism, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Covert Surveillance and the Bomb Squad.  Major Achilarre further served as the executive officer of the Lauderdale Lakes/Central Broward District and the Strategic Investigations Division.  Most recently, Major Achilarre was the captain of the Division of Internal Affairs and Public Corruption. Major Achilarre has a Bachelor of Public Management degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a graduate of both the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course and its Executive Leadership Program.

Timothy Langelier was promoted from captain to major serving as the Department of Detention’s assistant director of South Operations and the Emergency Response Team (ERT). Major Langelier’s law enforcement career began in August of 1988 with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department where he worked both corrections and law enforcement.  In 1994, Major Langelier joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office.  After graduating from the 119th Corrections Academy, he was assigned to the Central Intake Unit.  Major Langelier has also worked as an instructor and sergeant in the Training Division.  Upon his promotion to lieutenant in 2006, he served as the Central Intake charlie shift commander until 2010. From 2010 through 2017, Major Langelier served as the executive officer for the Main Jail, the Division of Internal Affairs and Public Corruption, the Central Intake Bureau and the Paul Rein Facility. He studied at the University of Southern Maine, Nova Southeastern University and Broward College.  Major Langelier is cross certified as a law enforcement officer and is a proud graduate of the SPI University of Louisville Command Officers’ Development Course, the Executive Leadership Academy at Nova Southeastern University and the National Jail Leadership Command Academy at Sam Houston State University.

Robert Schnakenberg was promoted from captain to major and will oversee the Criminal Investigations Division. Major Schnakenberg began his law enforcement career with the City of Deerfield Beach in 1986. He became a Broward sheriff’s deputy after the department merged with BSO in January 1990. Major Schnakenberg’s experience includes Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs and Homeland Security.  He was the commander for several specialized units which include: Internal Affairs, Professional Standards and the Office of Homeland Security, before being named chief of the City of Deerfield Beach in 2013. Major Schnakenberg is a graduate of the 251st session of the FBI National Academy. 

Major Nathan Osgood retired. 

Colonel Tom Harrington and Russell DiPerna resigned.
Recent departures include: Major Jonathan Appel, Strategic Planning & Research Director Angelo Castillo and Major Daniel Sokol.

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO

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