The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Sergeants Sims and Rodriguez Honored for 20 Years of Service

During the recent City Commission meeting, Chief Sean Brandenburg commended Sergeants Carter Sims and Pablo Rodriguez for their 20 years of service to the Key West Police Department by presenting them each with a gold watch.

Sgt. Sims has served on the bike patrol as well as the training and accreditation officer and SWAT Team Leader. During his tenure, he once represented the department during an appearance on the television show COPS.

During his 20 years with the department, he has received numerous commendations, including the Lifesaving Award.

“As a team leader and training officer, Sgt. Sims has always displayed dedication and professionalism to motivate and encourage his colleagues,” said Chief Brandenburg.

During his tenure, Sgt. Rodriguez has worked in a number of capacities, serving as a Detective and Detective Sergeant in both the criminal investigation unit and the street crimes unit. He has served as a member and Unit Sergeant of the Special Response Team as well as serving as a member of the Dive Team. Currently he serves as a day patrol sergeant.

Sgt. Rodriguez has earned more than 60 separate awards and letters of commendations for his outstanding service. Former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen commended Sgt. Rodriguez to the U.S. Congress for his role in combating the sale of illegal drugs in Key West. That same year, 2009, Sgt. Rodriguez was named Officer of the Year. He has earned several Chief’s Commendations and Unit Commendations in recognition of his solid, successful police work, professionalism and for exemplifying high standards.


City Manager Greg Veliz congratulating Sgt. Carter Sims for 20 years of service after Police Chief Sean Brandenburg presented him with a gold watch.


Sgt. Rodriguez and Chief Brandenburg.