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Charlotte County SO Promotes First Black Captain

courtesy Tabbatha Carter
Operations Captain Tabbatha Carter, of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

Tabbatha Carter was promoted to Operations Captain of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office earlier this month. Carter will be the first Black captain in the history of the office. She’ll oversee inmates as well as about 80 staff, including lieutenants, sergeants, and deputies.

As a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, Carter is confident that her past performance will continue to serve her well, despite changes like growth in Charlotte County, and increased tension between some law enforcement and communities.

“The one thing we always make sure we are doing is being trustworthy and professional. And as long as you keep that, you’ll be fine. So with the changes now, as long as you are doing things in a professional manner, you will be fine,” Carter said

Colonel Thomas Rodgers helped chose Captain Carter for the promotion. He says that, given how Carter took advantage of training opportunities, it was not a difficult decision.

“She got her master’s degree, she’s excelled in everything the Sheriff’s Office has to offer, whether it’s certifications or formal education, whatever the case may be, she’s taken advantage of that, so it makes it a real easy decision, actually,” said Rodgers.

Carter officially took the Captain job on April 5th.

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