After working part-time for the Florida Marine Patrol, Sheriff Al Nienhuis began his full time law enforcement career in 1989 as a Special Agent with the State of Florida, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. He attained the rank of Captain in the Fort Myers District Office before leaving in January 2001 to serve as Second-in-Command of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He was appointed Hernando County Sheriff by Florida’s Governor in December 2010 and was elected to the office in 2012. Sheriff Nienhuis holds both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 197), Quantico, VA. Sheriff Nienhuis has been married to his wife, Rhonda, since June 1990 and they have three lovely daughters.
About Hernando County Sheriff's Office
Hernando County is located on
the West coast of Central Florida. The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services
to a population of approximately 173,000. This is an increase of nearly 330% since 1980, and
Hernando continues to be regarded as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is committed to responding to the needs of the citizens
of Hernando County. Our mission is to maintain peace and order, safeguard life and property,
and protect individual rights through the delivery of professional services. The measure of
our service will be judged by the community.
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