1Hilgeman 5st Lieutenant Timothy Hilgeman has served with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office for seventeen years, joining in May of 2005.

Lieutenant Hilgeman currently serves as the Assistant Patrol Bureau Commander, supervises the School Resource Safety Program, Court Security Unit, and Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Operations.  Lieutenant Hilgeman has served in the Uniform Patrol Division as a Deputy, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May of 2016, was promoted the rank of Lieutenant in April of 2017, and was promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant in October of 2021. His certifications include field training officer program manager, police internal affairs, speed measurement devices, advanced report writing, FFA certified drone pilot, Federal Emergency Management Agency Major Event Planning, and Incident Command Integration. 

His leadership training includes First Line Supervisor, Middle Management, and the FBI - Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy; successfully completing the 286th Supervisor Leadership Institute, the 306th Command Leadership Institute, and the 241st Executive Leadership Institute.

Lieutenant Hilgeman is a graduate of the Florida Sheriff's Association Commanders Academy, Class VII.

Lieutenant Hilgeman previously served with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer.  Lieutenant Hilgeman served as a Security Forces Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, retiring September 30, 2016, after serving on active and reserve duty for 24 years.

Lieutenant Hilgeman is a member of the American Legion, Arcadia Elks Lodge 1524, DeSoto Gun Club, and the FBI-LEEDA Development Association. 

Contact Information:
1st Lieutenant Timothy Hilgeman
DeSoto County Sheriff's Office

208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266