Major Stokes served for 33 years as a member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, FL. At the time of his retirement he was assigned as the Homeland Security Division Commander, responsible for directing operations of the Criminal Intelligence Bureau; agency tactical response teams; aviation and marine units; and law enforcement services for the Port of Tampa. He was also co-chair of the Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and the agency’s representative with the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, chairing the Law Enforcement Sub-committee.
During his tenure at the Sheriff's Office, he worked in a variety of assignments, to include: latent investigations in narcotics, burglary, and criminal intelligence; training supervisor; tactical operations commander; and in patrol as a deputy, field training officer, squad supervisor, shift commander, Assistant District Commander and District Commander.
Major Stokes was also tasked as the project director for a number of state and federal grants, to include projects that established the agency’s DUI Squad; aggressive driving initiatives; port security operations; and the coordination of programs that funded positions for 144 deputies involved in community policing operations. He also served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army as a military policeman.
Major Stokes has conducted in-service and specialized training first line supervision; police management; police internal affairs; applicant background investigations; and community policing. He has also conducted training seminars for the National Sheriff's Association, the University of North Florida, and the Department of Justice. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL).
Major Stokes has been actively involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics since its inception and volunteered as the State Director for the event for 15 years. As a fund-raiser, the event annually generates over $2,000,000 for Special Olympics Florida.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Tampa. He is a graduate of the 4th session of the Senior Leadership Program at the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.