Jeannette Santiago – Executive Assistant
Jeannette Santiago was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She later moved to Puerto Rico where she graduated from Ponce Baptist Academy. After high school, Jeannette moved to Osceola County and began her career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1999. During her tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Jeannette has held many different roles within the agency including Records Clerk, Evidence Technician, Community Service Officer and Criminal Investigations Clerk. While assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, Jeannette found her passion in law enforcement investigations. During this time, Jeannette worked with detectives primarily in the Auto Theft, Property Crimes and Fraud divisions where she assisted with conducting investigations. She specialized in the more complex automotive crimes using technical investigative skills including facial recognition research and social media. Jeannette served as a board member for the Florida Auto Theft Intelligence Unit from 2011 to 2016, and in 2013, she became certified as an Intelligence Liaison Officer. In 2015, she won the annual State of Florida Karen Reyes Investigative Award for her role as a lead investigator in a large, multi-state automotive fraud investigation. During this time, Jeannette earned her associate degree from Columbia College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 2017, Sheriff Russell Gibson promoted Jeannette to serve as Executive Assistant to the Chief Deputy.