Colonel Melissa Moore began her career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 1997. She is a native of Tampa, Florida, growing up in the West Tampa area. She served her country honorably and is a veteran of the United States Army.
Colonel Moore is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. She also attended the 74th Southern Police Institute Command Officer's Development Course and is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Brandon.
During her 21-year career, she has worked as a deputy and in various supervisory positions within all Hillsborough County detention facilities. She also served in leadership and management capacities as a Field Training Sergeant, Juvenile Assessment Center Sergeant, the Administrative Lieutenant for Jail Division II and the Deputy Division Commander for Jail Division I.
Colonel Moore has served on the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the JAC Advisory Board and as a mentor at North Tampa Alternative School. Colonel Moore is the mother of a minor son.
The Department of Detention Services is comprised of a 4,947 bed jail system that is responsible for the housing, custody, and care of all persons incarcerated in Hillsborough County. The Orient Road Jail is the primary receiving facility, providing booking, processing, and detention services for over 27 different law enforcement agencies. It also furnishes the secure component of the Juvenile Assessment Center, a centralized processing center for adolescents taken into custody in Hillsborough County. The Orient Road Jail consists of Central Booking, Intake and Housing Operations, Central Breath testing Unit, Juvenile Assessment Center, Inmate Property, Inmate Records and Classification, and the Detention Programs Bureau which is comprised of House Arrest, Criminal Registration Unit, Hillsborough Re-Entry Center, Inmate Treatment and Intervention Services, Adult Education, Religious Services, and Misdemeanor Probation.
With a rated capacity of 3,300 and encompassing 142 acres, the Falkenburg Road Jail is one of the largest direct supervision facilities in the country. Educational and vocational programs including culinary arts, sewing, GED, domestic violence, and substance abuse are offered to eligible inmates. It is also the site of the Video Visitation Center which serves inmates at both facilities Third party contractors are used to provide inmate medical, food, and commissary services.
Included in the Department of Detention Services, the Court Operations Division provides security for judges, courtrooms and the courthouse complex. The Civil Process Section is tasked with serving subpoenas and other legal documents resulting in an average of 250,000 court papers processed annually.