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Kara Flores began her career with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office on February 20, 2017 as a 911 Telecommunicator. She was promoted to Shift Supervisor within the Communications Division on February 16, 2020 and then to Communications Manager in November of 2020.

Kara completed the in-house 911 Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) training in March of 2018. This training is required of all PST's and includes 248 hours of various material. In April of 2018, she passed the state exam to become officially certified as a 911 Telecommunicator within the state of Florida. In January of 2020, she became Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) certified and once promoted to Communications Manager, was elected to become an EMD Instructor for the agency. Kara was given the honor of Employee of the Quarter for the last quarter of 2019. She believes there is always something new to learn and strives to find better and more efficient methods to complete tasks.  

Kara is a DeSoto County native going back many generations. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have two daughters and a bonus daughter who was adopted into their family in 2014. When not working, she and her family love to travel. Although Kara may no longer call DeSoto County her home, it will always hold a special place in her heart. She truly appreciates the opportunity she has been given as Communications Manager to serve her hometown community and co-workers, as well as the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Arcadia Police Department, and DeSoto County Fire/Rescue.


 
Barney 1Kadie Barney began her career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in November of 2013 as a 911 Telecommunicator. Kadie became a certified Telecommunications Emergency Operator in 2014 after completing 248 hours in the Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy. In April of 2017, she was promoted to Shift Supervisor. Kadie has attended multiple Certified Training Officer (CTO) courses as well as Field Training Officer (FTO) programs. She has taken several other courses throughout her career to include FEMA, Diabetic Emergency & Officer Response, Emergency Medical Dispatch and more.

Kadie was born and raised in DeSoto County where she raises her son and enjoys spending time in the gym.

 
Grubbs 1Yolanda Grubbs started her career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 as a Telecommunications Operator. In 2020, she was promoted to Shift Supervisor, where she took on the responsibility of supervising telecommunicators.

In 2016, she completed the 911 Dispatch Academy which took 11 months, totaling 240 hours of accredited training.

Yolanda was born and raised in DeSoto County where she remains for her family and growth to be successful.
 

 


Platt 2Jamie Platt began her career at DeSoto County Sheriff's Office in 2017 and in 2018, became a certified 911 Telecommunicator after completing 240 hours of training. She became EMD certified in 2020 and makes sure to complete Continuing Education Credits to maintain certifications. Jamie continuously tries to improve her skills and abilities by completing optional training through resources such as FEMA, FDLE, APCO, and the Denise Amber Lee Foundation. Jamie is a DeSoto County Native  where she still resides with her family. She has a passion for her hometown community and helping others. Her drive and determination led her to being promoted to Communications Shift Supervisor in 2021.