Charlotte County Public Information Officer Bob "Carp" Carpenter, 69, will retire at the end of March ending more than 10 years as PIO for the agency.
Debbie Bowe will take over public relations in social media.
Bowe moved from Virginia to Arcadia with her parents at age 16 and went to DeSoto High School, Florida Southern College and worked at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office in a summer work program. She graduated from FSC and workeds at the Punta Gorda Daily Herald News as a court and police reporter.
Charlotte County Public Information Officer Bob “Carp” Carpenter, 69, will retire at the end of March.
In 1978 Sheriff Alan LeBeau hired Bowe as a CCSO dispatcher and she also filled in as PIO.
Boew went to the Police Academy and in 1981 transferred to road patrol and eventually became the first female law enforcement corporal, detective and first sergeant on the force. She worked road patrol, CID, major crimes, and at times was in charge of evidence, crime scene, economic crimes, computer crimes and crime analysis.
Bowe became a certified forensic computer examiner and retired from CCSO in 2012. She filled in for Carpenter when he was away. Bowe will officially start work April 1.