Gulfport Police Department
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
A Full- Service, Accredited Law Enforcement Agency
Pinellas County, Florida
Meet the Staff

Click here for an explanation of the awards and medals.
Sergeant Rob Burkhart started his employment for Gulfport as a dispatcher, and he was sponsored by the agency to attend the local police academy.  He began his career as an officer in 2001, and he was quickly promoted to the position of detective, where he distinguished himself as an excellent investigator, earning the officer-of-the-year award in 2003. . 
 
Among Sergeant Burkhart's accomplishments, he helped pioneer the agency's marine patrol efforts, and he is now responsible for planning and supervising our waterfront operations.  He also holds advanced certifications in death and sex crimes investigations.
 
Sergeant Burkhart, who is the supervisor of the Carlie Patrol Squad, has an Associate's degree from Williamson College in Philadelphia.
A twelve year veteran of the Gulfport Police Department, Cindy Hayes was recently promoted after serving as the administrative assistant to the chief of police. In this role, she oversees support services, including records, property & evidence, purchasing, and fleet & facility maintenance.

Ms. Hayes has served in the United States Army, and she has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.



Bachelor's Degree
Advanced Certification
Marine Patrol
Advanced Certification
Military Service
Meritorious Service
Officer of the Year
Sergeant Michael Vandenberg was promoted in 2008 after five years as a patrol officer and field training officer.  He is now the supervisor of the Bravo Patrol Squad. 
 
Sergeant Vandenberg is a graduate of Florida State University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminology, and before coming to work for Gulfport, he completed a professional internship with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  He is one of three Gulfport Officers who are certified to investigate fatal traffic crashes.  Sergeant Vandenberg is also a certified instructor for the police department 
 
 
Bachelor's Degree
Advanced Certification
Field Training Officer
Chief Robert Vincent
Sergeant Thomas Woodman
Sergeant Robert Burkhart
Sergeant Michael Vandenberg
Support Services Supervisor
Cynthia Hayes
Robert Vincent was appointed Chief of Police in 2010, following sixteen years of service with the Gulfport Police Department.
 
Chief Vincent's previous assignment was as commander of the Investigative Services Division, although he has has held many other positions in his career, including Patrol Division Commander, Patrol Sergeant, School Resource Officer, and Youth Resources Detective. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for St. Petersburg College and as an assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
 
Chief Vincent has a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy--Session #227, where he earned a graduate certificate of achievement from the University of Virginia. In addition, Chief Vincent completed the Florida Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2002, and the Chief Executive Seminar of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in 2012.

Professional affiliations include the International, Florida, and Tampa Bay Chiefs Associations, the latter of which he is currently serving on the board of directors. Chief Vincent volunteers on the Executive Board of the West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Sergeant Michael Marotta earned his promotion to the rank of sergeant after almost nine years' service with the Gulfport Police Department.  Before his promotion, Sergeant Marotta devoted much of his time to investigating DUI offenses and training new officers in our field training program.  He is the supervisor of the Alpha Patrol Squad.  

Sergeant Marotta graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, where he earned his associate's degree in Criminal Justice.  Sergeant Marotta is pursuing his bachelors degree at the University of South Florida. He is also one of our most highly trained personnel, having completed over 900 hours of specialized training and earning advanced certifications in several areas of traffic enforcement, crisis intervention, and marine patrol. He is also a graduate of the 24th Session of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute's Leadership Academy.

A 2004 Officer of the Year, Sergeant Marotta is the only police employee to have earned the Meritorious Service Medal twice!

Advanced Certification
Field Training Officer
Marine Patrol
Meritorious Service
Officer of the Year
Safe Driving--5 Years
Sergeant Michael Marotta
2
Hired
3/21/2006
 
Promoted to Sergeant
1/4/2011
 
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Hired
1/13/2000
 
Promoted to Sergeant
4/4/2006
 
Education
Associate's Degree
Hired
8/7/2003
 
Promoted to Sergeant
10/1/2008
 
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Hired
11/30/2000
 
Promoted to Sergeant
6/9/2009
 
Education
Associate's Degree
Hired
2001
 
Promoted to Supervisor
2012
 
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Safe Driving--5 Years
Hired: 5/12/1994
 
Promoted to Sergeant
1/15/1999
 
Promoted to Lieutenant
2/14/2002
 
Appointed Chief of Police
2/2/2010

Education
Master's Degree
Safe Driving--5 Years
Advanced Certification
School Resource Officer
Instructor
FBI National Academy
Master's Degree
Sergeant Thomas Woodman was promoted in January 2011 after serving with the Gulfport Police Department since 2006 and in various capacities including as a Field Training Officer and marine patrol operator. Sergeant Woodman is currently assigned as the supervisor of the investigations unit and the special enforcement team.
 
Sergeant Woodman has previously served with the United States Army where he graduated basic training as the Soldier of the Cycle.  He is a graduate (Cum Laude) of the University of South Florida, where he earned a bachelor of arts in criminology. 

As indicated by the display to the immediate right, Sergeant Woodman is our most decorated officer.
Marine Patrol
Field Training Officer
Bachelor's Degree
Tactical team
Josh Stone, who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant after five years of distinguished service as a sergeant, is the  Professional Standards commander for the police department.  Lieutenant Stone grew up in Gulfport, and he has been with the agency since 2001.Lieutenant Stone's most recent assignment was as operations commander, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the majority of police operatios, including patrol, investigations, records, special events, and others. Lieutenant Stone has also served as a detective and as a patrol supervisor during his career.
 
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Stone has a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology.
 
 
Safe Driving--5 Years
Advanced Certification
Instructor
Lieutenant Joshua Stone
Hired
6/14/2001
 
Promoted to Sergeant
4/17/2007

Promoted to Lieutenant
5/29/2012
 
Education
Master's Degree
Lieutenant Mary Farrand is the Operations commander, overseeing all operational components (patrol, investigations, special events, training, etc.). Mary has been with the Gulfport Police Department since 2001, having come to us with experience as a dispatcher for the Clearwater Police Department.  Among her more notable achievements, Lieutenant Farrand received the officer-of-the-year award in 2005.

Lieutenant Farrand has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Petersburg College.  She has advanced certifications in hostage negotiations, personnel background investigations, internal affairs investigations, as well as traffic enforcement related certifications.  Lieutenant Farrand also serves as an agency assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and is the coordinator of our field training program.
 
Advanced Certification
Field Training Officer
Officer of the Year
Lieutenant Mary Farrand
Hired
10/12/2001
 
Promoted to Sergeant
9/22/2005

Promoted to Lieutenant
10/01/2012
 
Education
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Safe Driving--5 Years
Military Service
Safe Driving--10 Years
Sergeant Matthew Parks
Hired
07/09/01

Promoted to Sergeant
12/31/13

Education
​Associate's Degree
Safe Driving--5 Years
Advanced Certification
Sergeant Matthew Parks is the supervisor for Alpha Squad. He has been with GPD since 2001 after relocating from the St. Louis area where he earned an Associate’s degree from Lewis and Clark Community College. Sergeant Parks was promoted in 2013 after having served as a patrol officer, detective, and acting sergeant. Sergeant Parks is a certified firearms instructor, and has advanced certifications in Homicide and Sexual Crimes investigations.”