Meet HCSO Lt. Reyes

Lt. J. Reyes was born and raised in Miami, FL. When his parents retired to Naples, FL, he decided to make the move as well.

In 1998, Hendry Correctional Institute (HCI) held a job fair, and shortly thereafter, Lt. Reyes was hired as a Correction’s Officer to work at their facility. Once hired at HCI, he was sponsored at Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy in Fort Myers, FL. There, he earned his certification in Corrections in 1998. He worked at HCI for a year.

Ready for a change, Lt. Reyes applied with the Hendry County Sheriffs Office (HCSO). In December of 1999, he was hired as a HCSO booking officer. He worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift for a couple of years. He later transferred to the Transportation Division. Reyes enjoyed this position because he “got to travel all over the state to pick up inmates and visit other agencies.”

In 2005, Reyes was promoted to Sergeant in the Corrections Division. He was the supervisor for the ‘A-Squad’, making sure the shift ran smoothly.

When his former lieutenant had to resign due to medical issues, Reyes was asked to fill the position. He was promoted to Lieutenant of the HCSO Corrections Division and the Assistant Jail Administrator in 2017.

A typical day of work for Lt. Reyes includes overseeing 36 employees, ordering supplies as well as spending a great deal of time working on the computer and completing an immense amount of paperwork. Although he spends a large portion of his day in his office, he has no complaints. It is important to him to keep his division running as smoothly as possible. When needed, Lt. Reyes also assists his team in the booking department and any other areas needed.

Lt. Reyes stated that “I’ve been here (at HCSO) for 19 years and I really like the people of Hendry County.” He went on to say that “I try to be a fair and consistent person, and I try to lead by example.”

A self-admitted ‘workaholic’, Lt. Reyes still tries to find opportunities to relax when time allows. He enjoys doing anything outdoors, fishing, being very devoted to his Christian faith, and spending time with his family.

Lt. Reyes is a quiet and reserved member of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office who prefers to stay behind the scenes doing the job he loves. His dedication to the department and the citizens of Hendry County make him a great asset to the local community.

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