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LIEUTENANTS PROMOTED TO CHIEFS FOR TWO BSO DISTRICTS

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne is pleased to promote two lieutenants to the rank of chief for two BSO districts.

Lt. Kevin Tyrie will succeed Diann Stanton, chief in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea/District 13, who is retiring at the end of the year. Tyrie, who was selected by Town Manager Bob Baldwin, will be promoted to chief shortly. He will take on his new assignment January 2nd.

Lt. Tyrie, 44, began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Delray Beach Police Department in 1981. He joined BSO in February 1983 as a road patrol deputy in North Broward. Over the next 18 years, he advanced through the ranks, investigating auto thefts and robberies, and supervising the fugitive squad. In May 2000, he was promoted to executive officer in BSO’s Strategic Investigations Division, overseeing major narcotics operations, organized crime investigations and the gang section. Lt. Tyrie also serves as executive officer for BSO’s field force unit. He has an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Broward Community College and is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program, a partnership of the Broward Sheriff's Office and Florida Atlantic University.

Lt. Laureano “Tony” Varona, executive officer in Deerfield Beach/District 10, is being promoted to chief of the unincorporated North Broward area/District 9. He will succeed Chief Jimmy Knight, who moves to BSO’s North Lauderdale district January 2nd.

Born in Cuba 49 years ago, Lt. Varona earned his badge in 1973 when he joined the Metro-Dade Public Safety Department. In March 1982 he became a Broward Sheriff’s deputy, patrolling the streets of south Broward. His career has taken him from road patrol to tactical detective to criminal investigations, where he worked as both a detective and supervisor in the robbery unit. He has worked in virtually every corner of the county, from Dania Beach to Weston, and central Broward to Deerfield Beach. Lt. Varona is bilingual, and has been a leader in BSO’s efforts to recruit and promote Hispanic deputies. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Course and has earned numerous awards and commendations, including BSO Deputy of the Year in 1985.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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