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FCSO welcomes three to command staff
Forsyth County Maj. Mark Hoffmans wife Kathleen pins on his new badge as Sheriff Duane Piper looks on. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

As family members pinned on their new badges, three members of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office officially assumed their new ranks in the agency’s command staff.

Sheriff Duane Piper has promoted Mark Hoffman, Steve Martin and Lenny Mancinelli to new roles. The three men have more than 100 years’ of combined law enforcement experience, which Piper said was a primary reason he selected them.

“This promotion ceremony is very special to me,” Piper told employees and families gathered for the event. “It’s the first one I’ve gotten to do as sheriff and it’s the command staff.”

Hoffman, previously a captain, will head the enforcement division as a major, succeeding Paul Taylor, who officially retired Friday.

Mancinelli has taken Hoffman’s previous position as captain over the uniform patrol division.

Martin also received a promotion to captain, serving as the head of the criminal investigations division. That position opened up with the departure of Dan Jagoe, who also leaves the agency Friday.

Both Jagoe and Taylor had agreed to continue working with the office for the first several months after Piper took office in January. They assisted with the transition to a new administration, according to an email Piper sent to agency employees earlier this month.

Hoffman joined the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in 1997, where he has been assigned to several areas, most recently as commander over uniform patrol. He started his law enforcement career 31 years ago.

Hoffman thanked Piper, his fellow deputies and family for their support.

“The vision you have for the agency, I’m sure we all share,” he said. “I’m very excited to go forward.”

Mancinelli and Martin echoed those sentiments, expressing thanks for the opportunity to be part of the command staff team.

Piper said both of those men held command positions in other agencies before coming to Forsyth County, and he’s glad to have their leadership and experience.

Martin began his law enforcement career 39 years ago after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent 27 years with the Fulton County Police Department before starting with the local sheriff’s office in 2009.

Mancinelli joined Forsyth County in 2007, after 25 years with an agency in Florida. He has served in several areas of law enforcement.