Sarasota County Schools hire District Chief of Police

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SARASOTA – Sarasota County Schools has hired a police chief for their internal force.

According to a new release from Sarasota County School District, former college police chief Paul Grohowsk has been named Chief of Police with the Sarasota County School District effective immediately, pending employment screenings and School Board approval.

The Herald-Tribune is reporting, he was also a finalist for the North Port Police Department’s top position.

Grohowski most recently worked as the director of public safety and chief of police for the Allan Hancock Joint Community College Police Department in Santa Maria, California.

“I am delighted to have Paul Grohowski serve as the district’s Chief of Police,” Bowden said in a news release. “His law enforcement background is the perfect match for our school district, which needs someone who understands the intricacies of working with students. His understanding of selfless service, his dedication to excellence and his commitment to serve all of Sarasota’s diverse communities will enable the school district to establish an exceptional school-based law enforcement agency.”

Grohowski began his career in 1996 at the Danbury Police Department in Connecticut. He then moved to Florida and worked for the Port St. Lucie Police Department from 2002 to 2015.

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