By Tamas Mondovics

A small group of Bloomingdale area residents—regular attendees of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Bloomingdale Community Substation’s monthly meetings—welcomed HCSO Deputy Luke Hussey as its new Community Resource Deputy (CRD).

As the current Gibsonton and now the new Bloomingdale Community CRD, Hussey was chosen to fill in for and eventually permanently replace current CRD Master Deputy Curtis Warren, who is out of the office for health reasons.

Warren served the Bloomingdale community as CRD since 2010, following the retirement of Pete Maurer who served the station for 12 years.

Married with three children, Hussey, 41, lives in Riverview and began his career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a digital communications dispatcher, shortly after stumbling onto the department’s recruiting booth at the Strawberry Festival the same year.

Born in New Hampshire, Hussey grew up in Zephyrhills before moving to Gibsonton in 2004 from Tampa, then to Riverview in 2013.

Hussey’s experience with the department includes specialty operations, Special Investigations Division as a detective in 2006, as well as serving on the first Intelligence Led Policing-District Intelligence Unit for District IV in June 2009. In 2013, Hussey transferred back to patrol and worked primarily in Gibsonton, with short stints in the Bloomingdale area.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected for such an important position within not only District IV, but the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,” Hussey said. “I plan on continuing the same great service that Deputy Warren gave to the Bloomingdale community and Deputy McMurtry gave to the Gibsonton community.”

Hussey minced no words as he spoke about his confidence in the positive future of the Bloomingdale and the Gibsonton communities.

“I am confident that working with residents, crime will go down, relationships between the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and the community will continue to grow and we will continue to be a model for law enforcement agencies and communities around the nation,” he said.

Contact the Bloomingdale Community Substation at 242-5501.