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52 people apply for TPD's open police chief position

Posted at 6:23 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 18:23:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's been more than two months since former Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo resigned.

Now the city has their hands on the first finalized list of applicants.

By the end of this week, the list of 52 will be narrowed down to just 20.

It's up to the Florida Police Chief Association to thumb through those resumes and pick out the 20 most qualified people. Then the list is narrowed again, this time by a 15 person committee made up of people in the community.

Then once that group finds the top 3, everyone in Tallahassee gets the chance to meet and weigh in on who they want to see wear the badge and represent Tallahassee Police Department.

It's a list that includes people from TPD to the west coast of the country.

"It's throughout the United States. Not limited to the Southeast. We have lots of people with ties to Tallahassee but went on to work with other agencies," said City Manager Reese Goad. "We see that influence from around the country. People that see Tallahassee on the map and would like to work here. It truly does represent a national search."

Goad says that they're on track to having the position filled before the end of the year.

It's not too late to weigh in about the search.

If you have comments or suggestions, go to Click on the TPD link and let the city know how you feel.