Kevin Beary served as Sheriff of Orange County for 16 years and he went about the task at hand his way. Sheriff Kevin Beary is a third generation law enforcement officer with a steadfast commitment to his community, his agency, and the men and women who serve within it. During Kevin Beary’s tenure as the county’s 27th Sheriff he celebrated the many success stories written during his term with pride and exuberance. Sheriff Beary openly grieved when a deputy lost his life or was seriously injured in the line of duty, and he always had his can of proverbial AJAX in his back pocket for the outlaws brought to justice under his watch.
Anyone in the business of serving and protecting a community will tell you it’s a tough, demanding job. Sheriff Beary lived for it. He was dealt a number of challenges during his terms as Sheriff. Clearly his experience and training in the realm of international terrorism made him the right man in the right place following the tragic events in New York City on September 11, 2001. Kevin Beary knew Central Florida’s reputation as an international tourist destination and the number of American icons in his region could make Orlando and surrounding areas a target for a future terrorist attack. Kevin Beary was a key player in Florida’s domestic security planning and co-chaired the Region Five Domestic Security Task Force for Central Florida. In 2004 Kevin Beary was sheriff when hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne rolled through in a 44 day time span. Kevin Beary and current Sheriff, Jerry Demings (who was Orange County’s Public Safety Director at the time), were instrumental in maintaining order in the county and assisting in the recovery efforts in the wake of the devastating storms.
Arguably, the history books will regard Sheriff Beary as one of the best, most well-known and active top cops who has ever served the country and his county. Sheriff Beary believed in professionalism, sound policies and procedures, and remaining proactive by using current trends in law enforcement. Sheriff Beary lived and loved his job, he cared deeply for his people, and he worked around the clock to do everything he could to make the Orange County Sheriff’s Office one of the finest law enforcement agencies in America. We invite you to visit the Orange County Sheriff website to learn more about Sheriff Beary who served Orange County Florida.
Written by: Jim Solomons
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer
Rebekah D. Beary
Rebekah D. Beary has been involved in law enforcement for the past twenty-seven years. Rebekah became a certified Law Enforcement Officer through the Orange County Sheriffs Office Auxiliary Program. She received training in defensive tactics, firearms, communications, and the high liability areas of law enforcement. She has received additional training in Gang Resistant Education, anti-drug, school shooting, and school safety scenarios. In addition, Rebekah also graduated from the law enforcement spouse program conducted by Dr. John Cassidy. She has also worked in Uniformed Patrol and was a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol Unit. After leaving the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Program, Rebekah joined the Orange County Sheriffs Office Chaplains Program. She participated in the program from 2003 until 2009 and assisted in an outreach program in Brazil and was attached to the Florida Sheriffs Task Force in Waveland, Mississippi during the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She has worked throughout Orange County with time in the Tourist Sector of Lake Buena Vista and International Drive.
Currently, Rebekah is the President of the Beary Public Safety Group, LLC, (a women owned business) and brings this wealth of experience and scope of knowledge with her as she makes public safety, “her business.”
George H. DuBose
George DuBose has over twenty-five years of experience in responding to emergencies and failures in large construction projects. He and his team were among the experts that were called upon in the nationally covered Louisiana Superdome project following Hurricane Katrina. Mr. DuBose has also been a part of some of the largest building failure response, remediation, and litigation expert teams in the United States and has worked for companies such as Disney, Hyatt, Hilton, and Samsonite all over the world. Currently he is the Vice President of Beary Public Safety Group and the Vice President of Liberty Building Forensics Group®, both are based out of Central Florida. He has co-authored more than a dozen publications and has been published in over a hundred magazines. His acute understanding of the litigation process for experts in emergency situations has thrust him to the top of the industry and he is a preferred expert in the areas of building failure and construction litigation with law firms all over the United States. His expertise brings not only a wealth of knowledge to the Beary Public Safety Group, but he also brings a career of experience in project management as well.
Ross Wolf holds a Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration and Education Leadership, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and has nineteen years of experience as a law enforcement officer. He has served as a member of patrol, criminal investigations, and a plainclothes tactical unit with the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Wolf holds several advanced training certificates from the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Division including Law Enforcement Instructor, Criminal Law, and Investigative Interviewing. He has co-authored several course textbooks on police interviewing and over twenty articles and book chapters on police administration and management, police use of force, and international policing.
Dr. Wolf continues to serve as a law enforcement officer and administrator for a major metropolitan police agency. In addition to numerous other awards, he has received the Administrative Excellence Award and the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Wolf also continues to train new law enforcement officers by serving as adjunct police academy instructor. Dr. Wolf has also worked internationally, developing and providing police training programs, coordinating training events, and developing research with police agencies in the Caribbean, in Russia, and in the United Kingdom.