BROOKSVILLE Sheriff Al Nienhuis has promoted two Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies to the rank of sergeant, effective Sunday.
Deputies Gisele DePiero and Kelly Brown will be assigned to District One in the Operations Bureau and make $55,840.98 annually.
DePiero has worked at the sheriff’s office for 10 years, and was named Deputy First Class in 2009. The Springstead High graduate is working on her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in technical writing from USF.
Previously, DePiero has worked as a patrol and traffic deputy and a vice and narcotics detective.
Deputy Kelly Brown also has 10 years on the Hernando County force and has served as patrol deputy and field training officer. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree of criminal justice from UCF, and has earned three commendation awards and the Pride in Achievement Award from the sheriff’s office.
“Although their journey as supervisors will be difficult at times, I have every confidence in their ability to use good common sense and make decisions that will be in the best interest of the county and its residents,” Nienhuis said in a statement.