IN THE NEWS
Monday December 16, 2019 | SRQ Magazine | Business Edition
Sarasota County Sheriff candidate Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman is has announced several recent accomplishments from his campaign including endorsements from United States Congressman Vern Buchanan and United States Congressman Greg Steube. Both endorsements come on the heels of Colonel Hoffman also receiving endorsements from Florida House of Representatives members Will Robinson, Tommy Gregory, James Buchanan, and Florida State Senator Joe Gruters.Colonel Hoffman’s campaign for Sarasota County Sheriff reported $20,090 in contributions for the month of November, bringing his total monetary contributions to $105,100 to date. Thanks to strong community support, Hoffman hosted two successful fundraisers in October and November. “I am incredibly grateful for the support we received during both fundraising receptions, in addition to the more than 100 people who served on both host committees” commented Hoffman. To date, Colonel Hoffman’s campaign to be the next Sarasota County Sheriff has received contributions from more than 600 individuals and businesses....
Friday September 6, 2019 | SNN News | Author: Samantha Sonner
SARASOTA- Sarasota County is exploring new ways to fight jail overcrowding, the county is now looking at a pilot project that would create a secure 40 bed mental health facility. “We have a population in the jail that are substance abusers,” Col. Kurt Hoffman. “And some of them are folks that need of mental health treatment, and not you’re traditional inmate in the facility. So I think a program like that would greatly improve the ability to have some room in the jail for people that need to be in jail.” Sarasota Sheriff’s Colonel Kurt Hoffman says right now there is a large population stuck in a cycle of incarceration...
Monday July 29, 2019 | The Academy at Glengary
"Today I had the good fortune of touring the Academy and seeing the great work they are doing for our citizens that are dealing with mental health issues. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office values our relationship with community partners like the Academy and will always strive to help those with mental health issues lead productive and meaningful lives.” – Chief Deputy Kurt Hoffman..."
Monday July 19, 2019 | Your Observer | Author: Samantha Chaney
"While the 2020 primary elections are more than a year away, candidates are wasting no time in their fundraising efforts. Col. Kurt Hoffman, who on June 6 announced he was running to be the next Sarasota County Sheriff, has collected $45,440 in contributions in his first 24 days of campaigning, according to a campaign-finance report filed with the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office. According to that same report, he has received $657.55 of in-kind contributions and spent $500.28 thus far..."
Friday July 5, 2019 | Herald Tribune | Author: Michael Moore Jr.
"The veterans housing initiative is an idea we have discussed for years and we are excited to see finally come to fruition,” said Chief Deputy Col. Kurt Hoffman, who plans to run for sheriff in 2020 following Knight’s tenure. The housing area within the re-entry pod of the jail gives inmates a space where they can hang flags and hand-painted artwork representing the five branches of the military, while receiving regular support and programming from local volunteers and members of the military and veteran communities. “As an agency that so strongly advocates for the veteran community, it only made sense for us to also focus on veteran inmates,” Hoffman said in a statement. “Life after incarceration is challenging enough without the added pressure of navigating veteran benefits, discharge processes, and often times, PTSD..."
Friday July 5, 2019 | ABC 7 WWSB | Author: Francesca Constantini
"A new program for veterans behind bars launched at Sarasota County jail on Wednesday. “We got several pods at the jail already and this is just another example some folks we can give specific treatment to,” said Colonel Kurt Hoffman. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office pod program has expanded. The Veterans Housing Initiative was created last month, and 10 veteran inmates are now enrolled in the program. “These programs over there are designed to reduce recidivism,” he said. This designated program is located within the reentry pod in the jail. This is a program that began early this year to help inmates with job search, and parenting classes..."
Thursday June 27, 2019 | Herald Tribune | Author: Jonah Hinebaugh
"Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Col. Kurt Hoffman walked down the sidewalk outside the Sarasota County Jail, helping an elderly man to his car before sitting on a picnic bench to announce his run for sheriff on Thursday. Hoffman has served as the sheriff’s chief deputy for five years, working hand-in-hand with Sheriff Tom Knight — who announced this month he wouldn’t run again after a decade as the county’s top law enforcement officer. “All those big things that a CEO has to deal with, I’ve been dealing with those already,” Hoffman said of his experience in running for sheriff in the 2020 election..."
Thursday June 27, 2019 | Your Observer | Author: Brynn Mechem
"Col. Kurt Hoffman of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has filed to run for sheriff in 2020, following the announcement this month that his boss, Tom Knight would not seek re-election. Hoffman has a nearly 30-year law enforcement career, starting as a deputy with Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. He was then an assistant state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit. For the last 14 years, Hoffman has worked for what he called “the best agency in the state of Florida,” the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. There, he has held the ranks of general counsel, captain, major and colonel..."
Friday June 7, 2019 | SUN Englewood | Author: Steve Reilly
"Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced Thursday he doesn’t intend to run for a fourth term. Knight’s second-in-command is interested in taking over next. Col. Kurt Hoffman registered Thursday as a Republican sheriff’s candidate for the 2020 race with the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office. “He’s more than ready,” Knight said. Hoffman is interested in carrying on law enforcement procedures and programs Knight initiated. “I don’t think we’re done yet,” Hoffman said, noting that serious crimes dropped 50 percent under Knight’s leadership. According to the Sheriff’s Office website, Hoffman, now 53, worked 25 years in law enforcement and is a former state prosecutor. He also worked seven years as a Charlotte County deputy..."
CAMPAIGN PRESS RELEASES
Thursday December 12, 2019 | Kurt A. Hoffman for Sarasota County Sheriff
"Sarasota, Florida, December 12, 2019 – Sarasota County Sheriff candidate Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman is proud to announce several recent accomplishments from his campaign including endorsements from United States Congressman Vern Buchanan and United States Congressman Greg Steube. Both endorsements come on the heels of Colonel Hoffman also receiving endorsements from Florida House of Representatives members Will Robinson, Tommy Gregory, James Buchanan, and Florida State Senator Joe Gruters...."
Monday July 15, 2019 | Kurt A. Hoffman for Sarasota County Sheriff
"Today, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman announced he received $45,440.00 in monetary contributions during the first 24 days of his campaign. In addition to receiving strong financial support from the citizens of Sarasota County, Hoffman received several significant endorsements from local elected officials including..."
Thursday June 27, 2019 | Kurt A. Hoffman for Sarasota County Sheriff
"On June 6th, 2019, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced he will not seek re-election for another term as Sheriff of Sarasota County. Knight has been a strong leader and tireless advocate, both for the men and women of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, as well as for the citizens of Sarasota County. During interviews with local media Knight publicly announced his support for his chief deputy and general counsel, Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman..."