Sheriff Al Nienhuis began his 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 Undersheriff for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He has been Sheriff of Hernando County since January 1, 2011. Sheriff Nienhuis holds both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Business Management from the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 197) in Quantico, VA. Current or recent affiliations include: Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Florida Sheriff’s Ranches Enterprises Chairman of the Board, Dawn Center Board of Directors (President), Youth and Family Alternatives Board of Directors, Arc Nature Coast Board of Directors (Secretary), and the Hernando County Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board.
Colonel Michael Maurer joined the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in 1988 and has supervised our Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Division, Vice & Narcotics, Crime Analysis, the Office of Professional Standards, COPPS, Community Personnel Services and the Operations Bureau. Colonel Maurer is a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and serves as a Reserve Special Agent with the U.S. Coast Guard's Investigative Services.
Law Enforcement Operations Bureau Commander Major James T. Powers, Jr began his law enforcement career with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. He commands our Law Enforcement Operations Bureau which includes the Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigation Division. His previous assignments include Communications, Patrol, Traffic Unit, School Resource Officer, High Liability Training Instructor, Agency Armorer, Community/Personnel Services Sergeant, Information Services Lieutenant, Office of Professional Services Captain, Special Operations Captain, and is currently Commander of the Sheriff's Honor Guard. He is certified as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner and holds numerous certificates in high liability law enforcement training. 2011 Command School graduate Saint Leo University.
Judicial Services Bureau Commander Major Michael F. Page is a 42-year criminal justice veteran, dual certified in corrections and law enforcement. He served the Florida Department of Corrections for 28 years, working in adult prisons and community facilities, and as a Prison Inspector and Regional Supervisor, conducting and overseeing inspections, management reviews, and investigations of detention facilities. In 2001 Major Page joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office as Detention Bureau Commander, overseeing operation of the jail and court services. After six years he semi-retired, serving the American Correctional Association as an auditor and working as a corrections consultant.
In 2010, Major Page returned to full-time public service when then-Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent recruited him to oversee operations of the Detention Center, Warrants Division, Courthouse Security, Bailiffs, and the Civil Process Section.
Major Page has an extensive background in corrections training and leadership with many organizations including the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Corrections Accreditation Association, and the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. Under his leadership, the Hernando County Detention Center has achieved compliance with Florida Model Jail Standards and is accredited through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC), the Prison Rape Elimination Act Commission (PREA), and the American Correctional Association.
Senior Administrative Officer Brian Moyer began his law enforcement career with the Pasco Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy in 1984. He became one of the county's first two school resource officers in 1987 and was promoted to sergeant in 1989. He served as sergeant or lieutenant in School Resource, Patrol, Crimes Against Children, Professional Standards, Court Services, and Youth Services. In 2001 he was selected to oversee countywide school safety and security in a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and School Board, a position he held for over five years until his promotion to captain. After serving as a commander of Administrative Services, Criminal Investigations, and District I Patrol, Captain Moyer completed his 29-year tenure in Pasco County in 2014 and joined the Hernando County Sheriff's Office in February of 2015. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He is a certified law enforcement instructor and has served as an adjunct instructor at Pasco-Hernando State College, Rasmussen College, and Clearwater Christian College, as well as teaching school crisis response in five states.
Community/Media Relations Manager Denise Moloney began her career at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 in the Communications Center as a Telecommunicator-I (call taker). Throughout her 26-year career in the Communications Center, Ms. Moloney held many positions, rising to the position of Assistant Communications Manager.
Ms. Moloney was selected as the Sheriff’s Public Information Officer in July of 2012 and as the Community/Media Relations Manager in July of 2014.
Ms. Moloney holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Mr. Joel Fritton serves as Legal Counsel to the Sheriff and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2013 after practicing employment law and commercial civil litigation with a Tampa, Florida based firm. Prior to that, Mr. Fritton served as a criminal prosecutor for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit where he prosecuted thousands of criminal felony and misdemeanor cases to conviction. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University at Buffalo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with duel concentrations in Human Resource Management and Marketing. Mr. Fritton attended Law School at the Florida Coastal School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree.