Kara Flores began her career with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office on February 20, 2017 as a 911 Telecommunicator. She was promoted to Shift Supervisor within the Communications Division on February 16, 2020 and then to Communications Manager in November of 2020.
Kara completed the in-house 911 Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) training in March of 2018. This training is required of all PST's and includes 248 hours of various material. In April of 2018, she passed the state exam to become officially certified as a 911 Telecommunicator within the state of Florida. In January of 2020, she became Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified and once promoted to Communications Manager, was elected to become an EMD Instructor for the agency. Kara was given the honor of Employee of the Quarter for the last quarter of 2019. She believes there is always something new to learn and strives to find better and more efficient methods to complete tasks.
Kara is a DeSoto County native going back many generations. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have two daughters and a bonus daughter who was adopted into their family in 2014. When not working, she and her family love to travel. Although Kara may no longer call DeSoto County her home, it will always hold a special place in her heart. She truly appreciates the opportunity she has been given as Communications Manager to serve her hometown community and co-workers, as well as the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Arcadia Police Department, and DeSoto County Fire/Rescue.
Supervisor Gonzalez began her career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in January of 2020. Gonzalez has completed several hours of both mandatory and voluntary trainings including several FEMA courses and the well-known Denise Amber Lee course as well. Gonzalez is also one of our many certified operators in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD.) Upon the completion and successful passing of her exam to become state certified, Gonzalez assumed the role of shift supervisor in January of 2021.
Being born and raised in DeSoto County she is very familiar with the jurisdictional layout, not only of our county but surrounding counties as well. Gonzalez pursued this career to be able to work alongside her sister, Detention Deputy Gonzalez with the DeSoto County Jail and her fiancé Sgt. Rios of the Arcadia Police Department. In doing so she has found a new and profound respect for all branches of law enforcement and first responders, she also continues to be a strong advocate for officer safety. Gonzalez hopes to expand her knowledge and continue her growth within the agency.
Jamie Platt began her career at DeSoto County Sheriff's Office in 2017 and in 2018, became a certified 911 Telecommunicator after completing 240 hours of training. She became EMD certified in 2020 and makes sure to complete Continuing Education Credits to maintain certifications. Jamie continuously tries to improve her skills and abilities by completing optional training through resources such as FEMA, FDLE, APCO, and the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. Jamie is a DeSoto County Native where she still resides with her family. She has a passion for her hometown community and helping others. Her drive and determination led her to being promoted to Communications Shift Supervisor in 2021.