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Michael D. Andreas Promoted to Executive Director

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Michael Andreas

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 23, 2018 – Michael D. Andreas, the current director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management has been promoted to the position of Executive Director, effective immediately. Mr. Andreas will oversee the newly formed Department of Public Safety, which will include the Sarasota County Schools Police Department, among other safety teams. 

An Army veteran and former police officer, Mr. Andreas has served with the school district since 2016. Before joining the school district, he was responsible for numerous state and local security programs and initiatives. Mr. Andreas’ promotion comes at an essential time as the school district looks to develop a self-sustained police force to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff throughout Sarasota County.

“Mike Andreas is a proven security professional whose experience and expertise in leading school and community security efforts is outstanding,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We are lucky to have someone with his background and I am confident that the school police department will soon become a model of excellence under his leadership. I look forward to working with him and his team to ensure the long-term safety of our students.”

Mr. Andreas has extensive experience and knowledge in law enforcement, homeland security, school safety and security, risk assessment, emergency management and security technologies. He will be responsible for the formation and long-term implementation of the Department of Public Safety, which will include the school police force and the operations command center, among other functions. The department is currently seeking a Chief of Police, Police Sergeants and School Resource Officers for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

“I look forward to hiring and leading a team of dedicated professionals to ensure the safety of the school community,” Mr. Andreas said. “I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Superintendent and local law enforcement partners to establish a best-in-class public safety department.”

Prior to joining the Sarasota County School District, Mr. Andreas served as director of the Graduate School of Homeland Security Studies at Endicott College in Massachusetts, where he was responsible for leading the faculty and designing the program’s homeland and domestic security programs. During his career, Mr. Andreas has served on numerous federal, state and local task forces, including the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. Attorneys Massachusetts Anti-Terrorism Task Force, and Governor Mitt Romney’s Criminal Justice Transition Team. 

Mr. Andreas served on the Salem Massachusetts Police Department in various positions, including patrolman, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol officer-in-charge, training officer, and anti-terrorism officer. He was also a faculty member at the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy, where for seven years he taught police recruits in courses such as Crime Scene Investigation, Ethics, Investigative Techniques, Interview and Interrogation, and Counter-Terrorism Techniques.

Mr. Andreas was awarded a full scholarship from the Department of Homeland Security to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in National Defense and Homeland Security. He also received a master’s in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College and a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont. Mr. Andreas was an officer in the U.S. Army, having earned a Bronze Star for his combat service leading a divisional cavalry troop in the first Gulf War.

Mr. Andreas lives in Venice, FL. He and his wife, Karen, have two sons who attend Stetson University in DeLand. They also have two dogs named Freedom and Independence.

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