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Former SCSO captain named COO of hunger relief, housing nonprofit

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  • | 5:00 a.m. January 26, 2024
John Walsh is the new chief operating officer of Harvest House.
John Walsh is the new chief operating officer of Harvest House.
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Harvest House has named former Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Walsh as chief operating officer.

He will lead a team that oversees day-to-day operations of the organization's residential programs, affordable housing encompassing 380 beds and the Harvest Food Pantry.

With 29 years of experience in the Sheriff's Office, Walsh brings expertise in patrol, investigations, court services and emergency response. His earned numerous awards, including the NAACP Freedom Award, Congressional Law Enforcement Dedication and Professionalism Award, Life Saving Award, and Meritorious Achievement Award.

"I am deeply inspired by the resilience and strength of people who are overcoming addiction, houselessness and food insecurity," Walsh said in a news release. "I am reminded daily of Harvest House's transformative impact on our community through a highly dedicated, trained and professional team.”

Walsh has a bachelor's degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master's in criminal justice administration from Hodges University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in management in executive leadership.

"We are thrilled to welcome John to the Harvest House team," said CEO Erin Minor in the release. “With his exceptional leadership skills, strategic thinking and deep community connections we are confident that John will play a crucial role in furthering our mission to champion hope and transform lives."


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