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    Lightbulb Sheriff Knight promotes Dan Tutko with a pattern of immoral behaviors



    Daniel Tutko

    Quote Originally Posted by “Carlos R. Munoz”
    SARASOTA COUNTY – Sheriff Tom Knight promoted Daniel Tutko to captain, despite having a pattern of 12 sustained internal affairs investigations.

    Sheriff’s Lt. John Kost, who retired after working for 31 years at the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office, said the promotion could send the wrong message to deputies.

    Kost explained: “Sheriff Knight is big on ‘If I observe a pattern of behavior, then it has to be addressed.’ Well, as a boss, when you identify a pattern of behavior that is unacceptable, then you address it – you don’t promote it. Why would Sheriff Knight promote someone with a sustained pattern of behavior? Only the sheriff can answer that.”

    Knight refused to comment for this story.

    Tutko has been found guilty or has been cited for:
    1. Conduct unbecoming that resulted in a 160-hour suspension
    2. Conduct unbecoming that resulted in a 10-hour suspension
    3. Failing to notify parents after the arrest of a child
    4. Failing to enter evidence into property
    5. Being disrespectful to citizens (courtesy and respect violations)
    6. Making inappropriate comments
    7. Operating a vehicle recklessly or unsafely
    8. Four traffic crashes
    9. Suspended for...
    Asking a subordinate deputy to lie:
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...falsify-search

    Illegally entering a citizen’s home after being denied consent:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...ads-to-lawsuit

    Today's full story:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...rules-and-cars
    Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

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    Question Would YOU have promoted Tutko?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos R. Munoz View Post
    SARASOTA COUNTY – Sheriff Tom Knight promoted Daniel Tutko to captain, despite having a pattern of 12 sustained internal affairs investigations.

    Kost explained: “Sheriff Knight is big on ‘If I observe a pattern of behavior, then it has to be addressed.’ Well, as a boss, when you identify a pattern of behavior that is unacceptable, then you address it – you don’t promote it. Why would Sheriff Knight promote someone with a sustained pattern of behavior? Only the sheriff can answer that.”

    Knight refused to comment for this story.
    Figures.

    Here is a bigger question that provides an internal common sense answer:

    • Would YOU have promoted Tutko?

    Nuff said.

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    Tutko

    Gut to be kidding. The biggest thug i ever worked with. Does Knight know that Dan was so prejudice when he worked zone 1. The remarks he said about minorities. Purely discusting. But yet Knight fires all these good deps who just needed some help from dept, but instead Knight just fires. Dan i worked with you in z1, you should of been fired years ago.

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    yes men

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos R. Munoz View Post


    Daniel Tutko

    Asking a subordinate deputy to lie:
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...falsify-search

    Illegally entering a citizen’s home after being denied consent:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...ads-to-lawsuit

    Today's full story:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...rules-and-cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Gut to be kidding. The biggest thug i ever worked with. Does Knight know that Dan was so prejudice when he worked zone 1. The remarks he said about minorities. Purely discusting. But yet Knight fires all these good deps who just needed some help from dept, but instead Knight just fires. Dan i worked with you in z1, you should of been fired years ago.
    He is photogenic and fit's a certain profile that the current sheriff deeply admires.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ch_Himmler.jpg

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    This is the story about Sheriff Thomas M. Knight's documented and consistent pattern of promoting immoral men into his inner command staff circle:

    • Sheriff Thomas M. Knight:
      (1) The FBI denied Sheriff Tom Knight a Top Secret security clearance.
      (2) Knight was arrested by VPD for disorderly conduct at a bar when he went into a drunken and emotional rage, resulting in a physical fight over "woman issues."
      (3) Knight publicly called elected Sarasota School board member Shirley Brown stupid.
      (4) Knight tried to sabotage the school budget.
      (5) Knight called elected Commissioner Hagen Brody a liar. (6) Knight defied a judges order to keep guns out of courthouses. Which of the above newspaper articles would you like to read? Here's one:
      https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...superintendent

    • Colonel Kurt Hoffman:
      Knight promoted Kurt Hoffman to colonel, knowing that he failed a polygraph test about stealing from multiple victims and from multiple employers. Hoffman confessed to:
      - stealing pornography
      - stealing a boat
      - stealing from multiple past employers
      - stealing gasoline while working as a reserve deputy for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (twice).
      Here is an article:
      https://www.scribd.com/document/3224...t-Hoffman-News

    • Captain John Walsh:
      Knight promoted John Walsh to captain, even though he got caught having sex with another deputy's wife in the other deputy's home.
      (1) The deputy caught Walsh in bed with her and he filed a complaint.
      (2) While under oath during an IA investigation, Walsh denied it during three separate interviews.
      (3) Then Walsh then got Detective Mark Macale to lie as a false alibi.
      That's crooked. Macale cracked and admitting lying under oath as a false alibi, thus destroying Walsh's story - but Walsh continued lying because he didn't know that Macale cracked. Here are two articles:
      https://www.scribd.com/document/3214...ohn-Walsh-News

    • Captain Ron Locke (Ret.):
      Ron Locke has retired, but Knight promoted him to captain, even though he got a juvenile pregnant and then paid for her to abort the baby. The mother was livid, so Locke threatened to arrest her for battery on a LEO if she attacked him. Sgt. Chris Iorio (retired) and Deputy Kevin Sugg blew the whistle and told Knight about it. Knight refused to investigate Locke for pedophilia, so FDLE did it. Here is an article:
      http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...ICLE/120619799
      Then Knight retaliated against the two whistle blowers (Iorio & Sugg) by framing them and suspending them without pay on trumped up allegations. An article is here:
      https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1P...ed-by-sergeant

    • Captain Kevin McElyea:
      Knight promoted Kevin McElyea to captain after he failed a lie detector test about sleeping with a citizen's wife. The husband caught them in bed together. McElyea denied it, so the husband recorded McElyea secretly planning how to destroy the evidence - and the husband gave the recording to Knight - but Knight dismissed the case as frivolous. Here is the lie detector test:
      http://s1179.photobucket.com/user/Pe...rOath.gif.html

    • Captain Dan Tutko:
      Knight promoted Dan Tutko, after he told a subordinate K-9 deputy to lie by claiming that the dog smelled drugs – when, in fact, the dog did NOT smell drugs. The K-9 deputy refused to lie for Tutko. The K-9 deputy reported Tutko's actions to Knight. Knight then punished the whistle blower and promoted Tutko. The whistle blowing K-9 deputy was kicked out of the K-9 unit. Here is an article:
      http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...falsify-search

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    Funny the SHT never brought up the Charlotte County IAs one of which is a doosey. I saw his handy work first hand and it embarrassed me. I felt dirty after working with him. Enjoy that money Dan you deserve it so much. I am sure your employees respect you.

    Hey where is his sugar daddy JJ?

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    Exclamation Promoting documented liars, thieves, child molesters, adulterers, etc.

    All of these odd command staff promotions by Knight are documented in the media.

    In this very thread, post #1 (above) is the most recent promotional oddity – and post #5 (above) is a remarkable summary of Knight’s peculiar pattern of selecting and promoting documented liars, thieves, child molesters, adulterers and other questionable men of ill repute.

    Knight encircles himself with like-minded “yes men” who are beholden to him, due to their checkered pasts. Knight cannot say that disgruntled SSO employees are lying about these documented incidents because they are all printed in in media articles or in IA reports – or both. Knight refuses to comment to reporters for obvious political reasons e.g. it would be the political end of his incumbency as the elected sheriff of Sarasota County.

    These are moral character issues that are a growing cancer. You cannot make this stuff up, but it can be excised by the right political surgeon.

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    wow

    OMG...……..Captain of what?

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    The comments at the bottom of the article at the H-T website are very insightful:

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephan Hall
    Oh boy, right now the Sheriff is scrambling his ten person facebook media team to put up emergency pictures of puppies on the SSO facebook page, to distract everyone. Think about it people. Either the Sheriff has no clue what he is doing or he simply does not care. Sad either way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Williams
    Reply to @Stephan Hall: I don’t think he cares and no one can tell him what to do.
    At the SSO FAKE book page, Knight said he has a "succession plan" that promotes the most qualified people. It's rats begatting rats.

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    Change for Sarasota

    Worse PIO ever! Not to mention how Knight comes across as shallow and weak. Corruption, good old boy network and cover ups at the command staff is a major problem. Harassment and dirty tactics are included. To the folks that stand up and don’t turn a blind eye and uphold their morales and ethics, are punished. The ones are dirty and commit perjury end up getting rewarded.

    Shame on the PIO for no comment and to simply try to distract with rainbows and unicorns! Wake up! These people that come forward are not angry or disgruntled. They speak the truth, yet nothing changes. Governor? Who can hold them to a fair and equitable standard.

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