The Florida Bar

Bar Member is Sheriff in Sarasota County

January 6, 2021
Members of the Sarasota County Bar Association have among their group the newly elected Sheriff. Kurt A. Hoffman, admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998, was sworn in to begin his first term as Sarasota County Sheriff on Jan. 5.
Hoffman began his law enforcement career in 1989 at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997 after earning his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Hoffman became an Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit. In 2005, Hoffman joined the sheriff’s office as the agency’s General Counsel and was soon promoted to the rank of Captain. Three years later, he promoted to the rank of Major, and in 2014, was selected by Sheriff Tom Knight to serve as Colonel and Chief Deputy of the nearly 1,000-member agency. In 2019, Knight announced his plans to retire and endorsed Hoffman in his campaign to become the county’s chief law enforcement officer.
“There is nothing better than wearing this uniform and serving the community I grew up in,” commented Sheriff Hoffman. “I am humbled by the opportunity this community has given me and I am excited about the four years ahead. Sarasota County is by far the best place to live in the state of Florida and I can’t think of a better place to take this next step in my career.”