Command Staff

  1. Chief John Budensiek Portrait

    John Budensiek

    Chief Deputy
    Phone: 772-220-7070

    Chief Deputy John Budensiek is a career law enforcement officer who has served the citizens of Martin County for 24 years. He began his career at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a uniform deputy on Road Patrol. Throughout his career, he served as a narcotics detective and on SWAT, starting as an entry team member and working through the ranks to become the SWAT Team Commander. His career also includes working in every supervisory rank within the Sheriff’s Office. He currently oversees all the departments at MCSO. 

    Chief Deputy Budensiek has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and has studied at IRSC and at The University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. The Chief is a lifetime Martin County resident who lives in Hobe Sound with his wife and four children. 

  2. John Cummings Directory Portrait

    John Cummings

    Phone: 772-220-7206

    Major John Cummings was promoted to the rank of Major after spending years in the Criminal Investigations Division as a Captain. Major Cummings is a career law enforcement professional with over 33 years of experience. He began his career with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a Corrections Deputy where he spent two years before transitioning to a Sheriff’s Deputy.

    Throughout Captain Cummings' long-standing career with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, he garnered vast experience serving as a Major Crimes Detective, Uniform Road Patrol Sergeant, FBI Task Force Officer, and Special Deputy Marshall for the U.S. Marshals Task Force. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division where he oversees multiple units including; the Special Victims Unit, Major Crimes, Warrants, Crime Scene, Evidence, Economic Crimes, and the newly developed Intelligence Unit.  Captain Cummings also commands over the Agency’s Tactical Surveillance Team.

  3. Bill Dowdy Directory Portrait

    Bill Dowdy

    Phone: 772-220-7160

    Captain Bill Dowdy, Special Operations Division, has more than 25-years of combined law enforcement experience.  He began his career in 1994 working as a Patrolman, K-9 Handler, and Detective at an agency in Central Florida before joining the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 1997.   

    Captain Dowdy currently oversees the Special Operations Division, which includes the Marine Unit, K-9 Unit, Aviation Unit, Narcotics, and the Ancillary Rapid Response Team. Captain Dowdy coordinates large scale Rapid Response Team deployments throughout Florida and the United States including missions to assists other law enforcement agencies in times of natural disasters, civil unrest, or dignitary protection.   

    Throughout his career at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Captain Dowdy served as a Narcotics Detective and a Tactical Unit Deputy in the Special Investigations Division. In the Uniform Road Patrol Division, he served as a Field Training Officer before being promoted to Road Patrol Sergeant. He was again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as Road Patrol Watch Commander then to 1st Lieutenant before being appointed to Captain of the Uniform Road Patrol Division. 



  4. Ryan Grimsdale Directory Portrait

    Ryan Grimsdale

    Phone: 772-220-7070

    Captain Ryan Grimsdale, Commander of the Community Operations Division, has more than 20-years of law enforcement experience.  He follows in the footstep of his grandfather, Floyd McCallister, who retired with the rank of Lieutenant after serving 31-years at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Captain Grimsdale has extensive experience in nearly every unit within the agency, including Uniform Road Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, Dispatch, and Community Policing.  He was promoted to Sergeant in the Uniform Road Patrol Division, then transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he worked as a supervisor in the Special Victim’s Unit. He was later promoted to Lieutenant within that Division.  In 2020, he was appointed to the rank of Captain of the Community Operations Division, where he currently oversees multiple units such as Community Policing, Community Programs, Animal Services, School Crossing Guards, School Resource Officers, Court Security, and the Civil Process Unit. 

    Captain Grimsdale is a lifelong resident of Martin County, who through his family history, and his work as a deputy sheriff, has established strong ties within our community. These positive community relationships have been instrumental in developing his leadership style and direction for the Division’s Community Outreach Units. 

  5. Captain Josh Kloster

    Joshua Kloster

    Phone: 772-220-7049

    Captain Joshua Kloster has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and has over 13 years of combined law enforcement experience.  He began his law enforcement career working as a Police Officer for the State of Florida in 2008.  

    In 2011, Captain Kloster was hired by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and sworn in as a deputy sheriff assigned to the Uniform Road Patrol Division.  In 2013 he transferred into the Special Investigations Unit and was a member of the SWAT Team. In 2015, he was transferred into the Fugitive Warrants Unit where he was assigned to the U.S. Marshals Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2017 and transferred to the Uniform Road Patrol Division and then the Criminal Investigations Division. 

    In 2020, while in the Criminal Investigations Division, Captain Kloster was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Captain Kloster was then assigned to the Community Operations Division where he assisted with the Community Policing Unit, School Resource Officer Unit, Behavior Health Unit, Community Programs Unit, Media Relations Unit, School Crossing Guards Unit, Animal Services Unit, Court Security, Civil Process, and Pre-Trial Release Units.   In 2022, he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he is now in command of the Community Operations Division. 

  6. Jason Ward Directory Portrait

    Jason Ward

    Phone: 772-220-7152

    Captain Jason Ward is a 3rd generation law enforcement officer at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather.  He has 22-years of combined law enforcement experience, serving first with the Port Saint Lucie and Lynchburg (Virginia) Police Departments.  In 2003, Captain Ward was honored to join the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, where his father, Bill Ward proudly served the citizens of Martin County for many years before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.
     Captain Ward currently oversees the Uniform Road Patrol Division which includes the Traffic Unit, Training, and West County Operations. Throughout his career at the agency, he was promoted to leadership roles overseeing Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Community Operations, Special Investigations and Court and Civil Services.   He also has vast experience and training in SWAT, Field Training, and Rapid Response.   

    Captain Ward served honorably on active duty in the United States Army.   He received specialized training including Airborne and Air Assault schools and proudly represented the United States on foreign soil.  He has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Indian River State College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College. He continued his education and earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida.

  7. Anthony Renganeschi Directory Portrait

    Anthony Renganeschi

    Phone: 772-220-7062

    Commander Anthony Renganeschi has an extensive law enforcement background spanning more than 50-years, and has brought highly respected and admirable levels of experience to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

    Commander Renganeschi began his service to our country in 1963 as part of the United States Army Security Agency in East Africa. Upon his return to the United States in 1966, he joined the Suffolk County, Police Department in New York, serving as a patrolman walking an assigned post.  Commander Renganeschi advanced to become a Detective investigating organized crime groups while assigned to an elite Federal Task Force.  In 1974, he moved to South Florida to join the Metro-Dade Police Department, where he served in the Organized Crime Bureau and Homicide Division. His work there, earned him a supervisory position in the Major Crimes Unit overseeing investigators assigned to Local, State, and Federal Agencies, including liaisons with Foreign Security Services and Interpol. After 38-years of combined service to the citizens of New York, Florida, and across the globe, Commander Renganeschi retired from the Metro-Dade Police Department in 2004.

    In 2013, Martin County’s 8th Sheriff to be elected to serve Martin County, Sheriff William D. Snyder, asked Renganeschi to come out of retirement, and join his newly formed Command Staff.  Sheriff Snyder appointed him as Commander of the Professional Standards Unit, where he oversees Internal Investigations and Accreditation.

    Commander Renganeschi wishes to thank the citizens of Martin County for their positive input, and the opportunity to serve with all of the professionals at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

  8. Kevin R. Youngblood Directory Portrait

    Kevin R. Youngblood, MT, CPA

    Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: 772-220-7273

    Kevin Youngblood is a lifelong resident of Martin County with a personal dedication to his community.  His grandfather, father and brother have all served this community as law enforcement officers.

    After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, he began his career in public accounting at Hill, Barth & King, LLC.  Kevin then earned a Master’s Degree in Taxation and became a Certified Public Accountant.  In 2007, Kevin established the accounting firm of Youngblood Solutions, P.A.  During this time, Kevin served his clients with an emphasis in providing tax and accounting services to mid-sized and closely-held businesses in a variety of industries.  In addition, he advised closely-held business, their owners and other individuals with respect to tax planning and preparation.

    After years of service in public accounting, Kevin was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff William D. Snyder on November 12, 2013.  He has since been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and oversees the Finance Division and the Administrative Operations Division.

    Kevin has also served his community by volunteering his time and financial expertise on the boards of local non-profit organizations such as the Historical Society of Martin County and the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.  He is also an alumni of LEADERship Martin County, Class 26.

  9. Bernard Romero Directory Portrait

    Bernard Romero

    Chief Legal Advisor
    Phone: 772-320-4720

    Bernard Romero was born in New London, Connecticut. As a military brat, his family moved frequently throughout the United States and abroad residing at United States Navy Bases.

    After graduating high school in Roosevelt Roads U.S. Naval Station in Puerto Rico, Bernard moved back to the U.S. and attend the University of Miami where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He continued his education by attending law school at Florida State University, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree.

    Bernard spent much of his career as a prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney-19th Judicial Circuit. During that time, he served as a Felony Attorney, A Felony Supervisor, the Attorney in Charge of Okeechobee County and as the Senior Major Crimes Attorney.

    Bernard Romero joined the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 2020 as the Agency’s internal legal counsel.

    He is married, and has two children.

  10. Christine Weiss Directory Portrait

    Christine Weiss

    Public Information Officer
    Phone: 772-220-7146

    Christine Christofek Weiss has been with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office since 2013, when she joined Martin County’s newly elected Sheriff, William Snyder, to become the Agency’s Public Information Officer.

    Christine is a former television news reporter for WPTV, a local NBC affiliate.  She spent 17-years with the network affiliate where she served in a number of media positions; such as a Field Producer, Line Producer, Investigative Producer, General Assignment Reporter, Crime and Courts Reporter, and Treasure Coast Reporter.  Christine left television news to take a position as the Director of Media and Advertising for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.  For 13-years, she specialized in environmental advertising and promotions, producing and appearing in multiple television and print advertisements.  She produced and hosted an environmental awareness TV Special which earned her two Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  She is also the former host of the long running South Florida Business Report, which aired on WPEC News 12, the local CBS Affiliate.

    In addition to being a sworn reserve Deputy Sheriff, Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and has earned a specialized training in crisis negotiations, mediation and hostage negotiations.

  11. Corrections Department

  12. Todd Neal Directory Portrait

    Todd Neal

    Phone: 772-220-7206

    Captain Todd Neal has been affiliated with the Martin County Sheriff Office since 1988.  After 25 years of service he initially retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2012 as a shift Lieutenant for the Corrections Department. In 2019 he returned to the Sheriff’s office and is currently the Administrative Division Commander overseeing county jails inmate support services. Captain Neal is also a member of several committees throughout the county; The Drug & Alcohol Abuse Awareness Committee, The Public Safety Coordinating Council, and the Martin County Mental Health/Substance Abuse Collaborative Workgroup.

    Captain Neal holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Barry University and a Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Counseling Psychology. He is originally from the state of West Virginia and he is now a long time resident of Martin County where he resides with his three sons.

  13. Jennifer Perkins Directory Portrait

    Jennifer Perkins

    Phone: 772-220-7207

    Captain Jennifer Perkins joined the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in January of 2019.  She serves in the Corrections Division as a Commander.

    Prior to joining MCSO, Captain Perkins worked in the Corrections Division at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Her passion was Road Patrol and Investigations; however, after working Corrections, that changed. Captain Perkins feels that Corrections is vital to the Criminal Justice System and often overlooked.

    Captain Perkins was a Field Training Officer for many years and trained several deputies during her tenure. In addition, she was a team member of the Emergency Response Team and The Gang Unit. In 2013, the she became an Assessor for The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, an Inspector for The Florida Sheriff’s Association and a Certified Jail Officer through American Jail Association joining the Accreditation Unit as a Coordinator. She became the Manager shortly thereafter. This appointment allowed her to create policies and procedures complying with all standards and statutes of the State. Her return back to Operations as a supervisor was a natural transition.

    Captain Perkins is the recipient of many awards such as Deputy of the Year, Deputy of the Quarter, several Commendations, multiple Unit Citations and Inspector of the Year recognition through the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

    Captain Perkins was raised in a family with a strong Italian-Irish heritage. She is the youngest of four siblings born to Al and Joan Aia of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated high school in 1995 from Nipmuc Regional High School, and earned her Degree from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.