Rosie Wendell believes in the Hardee County community. That’s why she’s dedicated her whole life to serving you.
Rosie Wendell began her career as a corrections officer and became a Sergeant of the jail, before transferring to law enforcement in 1993. There are several “firsts” for Hardee County in Rosie’s history, including the first female officer, first female K9 Handler in 1996 and the first female Lieutenant over patrol in 2002.
As the leader over the patrol unit, Rosie supervised all uniformed officers. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office ran smoothly and kept Hardee County residents safe and secure. During Rosie’s time as head of Patrol, violent crime in Hardee County dropped significantly.
In 2017, Rosie was transferred from her leadership role over patrol to head fleet management.
Even during difficult times, Rosie’s leadership brought strength to her team and the community. For example, Rosie supervised over 200 people throughout the response to Hurricane Charley in 2004. It was then that many Hardee County residents saw how serious Rosie is about her often-said promise:
“If you call, I will come.”
That commitment to showing up for Hardee County’s citizens is what called Rosie to enter the running for Sheriff. She is asking for your vote, because she believes every resident of Hardee County deserves to feel safe.