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Sarasota County Schools Police Department Holds Sergeant Promotion Ceremony

SARASOTA COUNTY, November 1, 2019 – On Friday morning, the Sarasota County Schools Police Department (SCSPD) promoted Edward “Chip” Kuentzel to the rank of Sergeant. District personnel, guests from the community and media were all on hand to witness the honored ceremony.

“Our school-based police department and its members play a unique role in our district,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “They are held to a higher standard and bear a critical responsibility – ensuring our students and staff can learn and work in safety. Sergeant Kuentzel comes to our department highly qualified, and demonstrates great skill and heart for protecting students. We are pleased to welcome him into our school district family.”

“We are thrilled to have Sergeant Kuentzel join the ranks of our administrative team,” commented Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Tim Enos. “He has excelled in school policing and I know he will be an exceptional leader. He has a genuine passion for his work and is a great addition to our department. I look forward to seeing how Sergeant Kuentzel will use his skills and expertise to further grow and enhance our department’s service to our school communities.”

Please join us in recognizing the SCSPD’s newest Sergeant:

  • Edward “Chip” Kuentzel: Officer Kuentzel joins the SCSPD after retiring from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for nearly 15 years. Prior to the Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kuentzel worked for the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland for 21 years where he retired as a Corporal. Throughout his career, Officer Kuentzel received a M.A.D.D. award for DUI enforcement, multiple Unit Citations and the Chief’s Award for Job Excellence. He was also recognized by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates as an Officer of the Year. Sergeant Kuentzel will serve multiple school communities.


Tim Enos, Connie Kuentzel, Edward “Chip” Kuentzel and Todd Bowden

PHOTO, L to R: Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Tim Enos, Connie Kuentzel, Sergeant Edward “Chip” Kuentzel and Superintendent Todd Bowden.


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