Chief Martha Gens
Chief Martha Gens was born in New Hampshire and moved to Osceola County in 1977. After she graduated Osceola High School in 1983, she began to attend classes at Valencia Community College to pursue a career in nursing. In January of 1988 while attending college, Chief Gens was hired by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office as a Communications 911 Dispatcher. It was in that position where she found her true calling as a Law Enforcement Officer. While working full-time as a dispatcher, Chief Gens attended the Kissimmee Police Academy, graduating at the top of her class. She started her career on the road in patrol, later becoming a field training officer in patrol. She then became a detective working first in the Tourist Crime Unit and then in the Criminal Apprehension Unit. She then worked in the Criminal Investigation Division where she worked Child Abuse, Sex Crimes and Homicide cases. Chief Gens was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 where she supervised Patrol units and oversaw the training of new recruits. She went on to supervise the agency’s Forensic Unit, Person Crimes, and Sex Crimes Unit. As a Sergeant over the K-9 unit, Chief Gens became passionate for the work in the k-9 unit where she implemented new training drills and the bloodhound program. In 2017 Sheriff Russ Gibson promoted her to Chief Deputy, the second in command and who controls the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Gens is the highest ranked female in the history of the Sheriff’s Office.