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Hernando County is located on the West coast of Central Florida. The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to a population of approximately 186,000, including the City of Brooksville. This is an increase of nearly 318%
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.
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 Curtis Turney
has been with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. Past assignments have included: Law Enforcement Operations Bureau Commander, Judicial Services Bureau Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, and Special Operations Division Commander. Additional assignments have also included: Major Case Section Lieutenant/Sergeant, District 1 Administrative Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Crisis Response Team Supervisor, SWAT Team member, Detective, and Patrol Deputy. Colonel Turney is a U.S. Army veteran and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University.
Major Shaun Klucznik
currently serves as the Judicial Services Bureau Commander and Jail Administrator. This includes the Detention Center, Court Security, Warrants, Civil, and Transport. Major Klucznik is a 23 year veteran in the criminal justice field and is dual certified in corrections and law enforcement. He started his career with the Pasco Sheriff's Office in July of 1997. Major Klucznik was appointed to the rank of lieutenant by the Hernando County Sheriff in June of 2010 as part of the original Detention Center Transition Team.During his tenure at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Major Klucznik has had the opportunity to serve as Judicial Services Captain, Special Operations Captain, Detention Operations Lieutenant, Special Operations Lieutenant and acting Human Resources Director. Major Klucznik is a graduate of the American Jail Association’s National Jail Leadership Command Academy and completed the FDLE Senior Leadership Program. He is a Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association, a Certified Correctional Executive through the American Correctional Association, and previously served as a Department of Justice certified Prison Rape Elimination Act Inspector. Major Klucznik holds an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Petersburg College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.
Major Kenneth Hayden
currently serves as the Law Enforcement Operations Bureau commander. Major Hayden has served with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since January 1997. Major Hayden’s prior assignments include captain of Special Operations, commander of the Major Crimes Section, Professional Standards Section commander, District 1 administrative sergeant, accreditation manager, Patrol sergeant, Rapid Response Team sergeant, COPPS deputy, and patrol deputy. Major Hayden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University. Major Hayden also completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Seminar in 2019.
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 and is a graduate of the Florida Certified Public Manager program.
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.