Lieutenant Thomas began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a “reserve” police officer with the City of Palm Beach Gardens (FL). In 1990, he was hired as a full-time police officer by the Town of Mangonia Park, where he was eventually promoted to Sergeant, then as Chief of Police in 2003.
In February of 2007, the Town of Mangonia Park contracted with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. At the unanimous request of the Town Council, Rodney Thomas was given the rank of Lieutenant with the PBSO and assigned to our town as the District-II Commander.
Rodney is a graduate of the former North Shore Community High School (1985) in West Palm Beach, has an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal/Legal Secretary Studies from Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, a graduate of the FBI "F.E.D.S." Course, and is enrolled in the Masters Program at Barry University in Miami.
Lt. Thomas is married, and is the proud father of six children. “It is my opinion, and personal creed, that everyone is special”, claims Lt. Thomas. “All citizens, including those we suspect of committing a crime, should be treated with the respect they deserve and expect from their law enforcement community”.
Tom Nicholson began his career in Law Enforcment as a Reserve Police Officer with the Lake Park Police Department in 1975. He was hired as a full-time Police Officer by the Mangonia Park Police Department in 1977 where he remained for 30 years until the merger with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in February of 2007.
Nicholson was promoted to the respective rank(s) of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain during his tenure with the Mangonia Park Police Department. He served as the Interim Police Chief on two separate occassions (1982-1983, 2002), while the Town of Mangonia Park was in between the appointment and/or hiring of a permanent Police Chief.
Upon the completion of a contract for Law Enforcement services with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Tom Nicholson was appointed the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Administration Office of the District-II sub-station in Mangonia Park as a supervisor. Tom is married, and is the proud father of two sons.