Deputy McCray began his career working as a Juvenile Correctional Officer at the DeSoto Juvenile Correctional Facility in December of 2002. In October of 2005, Deputy McCray was promoted to a Juvenile Justice Correctional Supervisor, where he supervised twelve staff members and twenty-four juveniles. He would conduct group on substance abuse, anger management and daily life skills training. In October of 2010, Deputy McCray began his Law Enforcement career at the Arcadia Police Department in the Road Patrol Division.
Deputy Matthew McCray was hired by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in October of 2013 and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. In January of 2016, Deputy McCray was reassigned as the School Resource Deputy at the DeSoto Middle School. For the 2018-2019 school year, Deputy. McCray will be assigned to the DeSoto County High School.
Deputy McCray has continued his education through the following training: Field Training Officer, Motivational Interviewing, Instructor Technique Workshop, Incident Command System, Injury and Death Investigation, Crisis Management for School Related Incidents, Patrol Rifle Training, Anti-Gang Training, Basic School Resource Officer Training and Annual Florida Association of School Resource Officer Conference.
Off-duty Deputy McCray serves his community by coaching local youth sports. Deputy McCray is currently the President of DeSoto Youth Football Program and he has coached football for the previous fourteen years. He also has assisted in coaching baseball for the past three years.
Deputy Matthew McCray
Deputy Ernesto Alonso was born in Berrien Springs, Michigan but was raised and resides in DeSoto County. He began his Law enforcement career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2016. He worked a brief period of time with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. While at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office he has been assigned to Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division and has also served as a member of the agencies SWAT Team. Some of his specialized training includes; Advanced Report Writing, Speed Measurement – Radar, Basic Patrol Rifle, Active Shooter emergency response, Death and Homicide Investigations, and Crisis Intervention Training. In March 2019 he was assigned as a School Resource Deputy at the Nocatee Elementary School where he had attended from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Deputy Ernesto Alonso
Deputy Brandon Bierman, a native of Lake Placid, began his career with the United States Marine Corps, whom he served with from 2008 until 2010. In 2012 he was hired by the DeSoto Corrections Institution as a corrections officer. That same year he was hired as a Corrections Deputy with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. In 2015 he earned his highly desired Law Enforcement certification and begun his law enforcement career with the Arcadia Police Department, where he served until 2018. During this time, he worked as Patrol Officer and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. In 2018 Deputy Bierman returned to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as Uniformed Patrol Deputy. Deputy Bierman was re-assigned to the School Resource Division and assigned as the School Resource Deputy for the DeSoto County Middle School.
Deputy Bierman has continued his professional education through the following training: Middle Management, Active Shooter Emergency Response, Field Training Officer, Basic School Resource Officer, Advanced report writing, Speed Measurement along with numerous in-service training hours. Off-duty
Deputy Bierman stays active in his community coaching the DeSoto Youth Baseball travel teams. He likes to fish and is an avid golfer.
Deputy Brandon Bierman
Deputy Klug started his Law Enforcement career working as a Detention Officer for the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia in March 1998. In January 2000 he completed the Georgia Peace Officer Police Academy, and began working for the Tifton Georgia Police Department, as a Uniformed Patrol Officer.
In 2002, he began training new Officers as a Certified Field Training Officer, and obtained his Georgia POST Intermediate Certification. In 2005, he earned his Georgia POST Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and moved to the Traffic Division, investigating motor vehicle collisions and traffic enforcement. From 2008 to 2010 he continued his education completing the Professional Management of Policing thru Columbus State University and earned his Georgia POST Supervisory and Management Certifications. He was promoted to Patrol Sgt in 2011. Throughout his Georgia Law Enforcement career he completed over 1400 hours of specialty advanced training, to include, Advanced Report writing, Patrol Rifle, Interviews and Interrogations, Accident Investigations Level I and Level II, Active School Shooter Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced level response, Speed Detection, Intox 5000 Certification, LIDAR, Accident Calculations, and Internal Affairs. In 2011, he completed the Florida Cross Over Academy in Marianna Florida and successfully passed the State exam, earning his Florida Law Enforcement certification.
In 2014 he completed the Army Corps of Engineers Explosive School in Loveland Colorado, to earn his UXO Tech I Certification.
Deputy Klug relocated back to the area and was hired by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in 2016, and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. Since 2016 he has completed Patrol Rifle and Firearms yearly qualifications with the Sheriff’s Office. He has completed School Resource Officer Basic, NIMS 100 thru 800, and Crisis Intervention Training,
Deputy Klug is a US Navy reservist as a Military Police Officer. His previous assignment was as The Leading Petty Officer for a 38 Naval Security Forces unit and is currently assigned as the Command Master-at-Arms for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14. His duties are as the Law Enforcement and Heavy Barrel weapons Instructor for the entire 680 personnel. He has two combat deployments, Iraq 2006-2007, and 2016-2017, one Humanitarian deployment for Hurricane Katrina Relief 2005.
Deputy Jason Klug
Deputy Paynter began his law enforcement career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. He has spent the beginning part of his career in the Uniformed Patrol Division. Deputy Paynter is being reassigned beginning the 2018-2019 school year to Memorial Elementary School.
Deputy Paynter has continued his education through the following training: Field Training Officer, Advanced Report Writing, Crisis Intervention Team Training, Interviews and Interrogations Training, Patrol Rifle Training, Annual Florida Association of School Resource Officer Conference, and Active Shooter Training.
Deputy Jared Paynter