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 Thomas A. Kontinos

Mr. Kontinos began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a deputy sheriff for the Lee County Sheriffs Office. After 5 years as a uniformed patrolman, Mr. Kontinos was promoted to detective assigned to the General Crimes Division where he investigated a variety of crimes such as burglary, theft and fraud. In 1986, Mr. Kontinos was promoted to Detective Sergeant and became one of the first detectives to be assigned to a newly created Major Crimes Division responsible for investigating homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and internal affairs. In 1989, he was assigned to a Federal Task Force to investigate the murder of a Drug Enforcement Agency informant and the first bombing of a DEA office in the United States. The investigation was later dramatized on the television show The FBI Files - Deadly Threat- that featured Mr. Kontinos as one of the lead investigators.  

In 1993, Mr. Kontinos joined the State Attorneys Office, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, as an investigator. His jurisdiction covered five Florida Counties being Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades.  During the next 10 years, Mr. Kontinos rose through the ranks attaining a position of Special Investigative Assistant to the State Attorney, and was also given the responsibilities of managing the support operations for the office. Additionally, Mr. Kontinos investigated a number of major white-collar crimes cases, organized crime cases and public corruption cases. One of Mr. Kontinos's investigations involved the violation of Florida's Sunshine Law that lead to the prosecution and removal of an entire elected Fire Districts Board of Commissioners by (then) Florida Governor, Jeb Bush. Mr. Kontinos was instrumental in the creation of Southwest Florida's first Economic Crimes Unit to target the area's growing white-collar crime trend. The Unit has been extremely successful and has been emulated by other law enforcement and prosecution agencies throughout the state. In 2003, Mr. Kontinos returned the Lee County Sheriffs Office where he completed his final two years in law enforcement. After retiring from law enforcement, Mr. Kontinos joined a Fort Myers law firm as an in-house investigator preparing and organizing civil cases which included medical malpractice, product liability and personal injury.    

In the Fall of 2006, Mr. Kontinos established his private investigative agency. He also initiated his own research and development for a web-based employment screening process for businesses of all sizes and was launched in May of 2007. Currently, Mr. Kontinos provides national employment screeening in industries such as; auto dealerships, construction contractors, engineering firms, banks, distributorships, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, PEO's, health care and retirement communities, and franchises just to name a few.  

Mr. Kontinos earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice  from Edison State College; a Bachelor of Public Administration Degree from Barry University; and a Master of Information Systems Management Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Hodges University. He is  a licensed Private Investigator in the State of Florida.
 

Memberships:  

  •  Member - Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida
    • (Affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management)
  • Member - National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
  • Member - American Society ofr Industrial Security (ASIS) 
  • Member - Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Cape Coral Realtors Association
  • Leadership Lee County (2001 Alumni)

     

 

 

 

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