A.J. Mainero to fill position starting Dec. 1
After months of discussion and budget planning, the Wesley Chapel village council unanimously voted to approve funding a deputy, and the Union County Sheriff’s office subsequently selected Deputy A.J. Mainero for the position. He will officially start work as the village’s contract deputy Dec. 1.
“I think (Mainero is) a wonderful choice,” Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad Horvath said. “He knows the community. He’s got a terrific attitude.”
Village council members and residents alike had been pushing for a contract deputy for quite some time. During the past months, the council examined its budget for the current fiscal year, and was able to reserve funds to cover a contract deputy position a year earlier than expected.
Mainero is a resident of the Wesley Chapel area and worked with village officials on multiple safety awareness programs, including neighborhood watch meetings and the village’s National Night Out program. Mainero also has been the resource officer for Cuthbertson High School and is the host advisor to the Explorer Post 242 program, which works to educate young people age 14 to 20 about the importance of law enforcement and how the field functions.
Mainero will work out of a room in Wesley Chapel’s current town hall on New Town Road. This space will allow Mainero his own desk, phone, and essential office materials. However, Mainero’s work with the village will primarily be patrolling the residential and commercial areas of Wesley Chapel and responding to calls.
As an employee of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Mainero also will be responding to calls in other areas as well. However, the majority of his work will be focused toward Wesley Chapel.
“With our growth and with the park, we’ll need somebody who can patrol the park and other areas,” council member Kim Ormiston said. “We’re excited about (Deputy Mainero) getting to meet our residents and serve the community.”