BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office has a new spokeswoman.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced Friday that he has tapped Denise M. Moloney to serve as his public information officer. She will start transitioning into the role on Monday.
Moloney joined the agency in April 1986 and has worked in the 911 communications center for her entire 26-year career, according to a news release. She started taking calls and later served as a dispatcher, communications supervisor and training supervisor. She was promoted to assistant communications manager in 2007 when the Sheriff's Office took over a countywide consolidated dispatch system.
She is currently completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration through Columbia Southern University.
"Ms. Moloney has proven to be a valuable asset to the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Hernando County for many years. She has helped countless citizens in their time of need," Nienhuis said. "It is always exciting to promote one of our exceptional employees, and I am pleased to have her take the next step in her career."
Moloney takes the place of Lt. Michael Burzumato, who has held the position on a temporary basis since Cpl. Wendy McGinnis resigned in April.
Burzumato could not say Friday how much money Moloney makes as assistant communications manager and what she will earn in her new role.
According to the news release, the agency will save $20,000 annually by reclassifying the public information officer position from a sworn position to a civilian position, and downgrading the assistant communications manager's job to training supervisor.
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