New TPD Chief Sworn-In
December 30, 2013
Today, City Manager Anita Favors Thompson and other City officials attended the official swearing-in ceremony of Michael DeLeo as the new Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. The ceremony took place at 2 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers located on the second floor of City Hall.
"On behalf of the City of Tallahassee, I am delighted to welcome Chief DeLeo to our ranks," Favors Thompson said. "My expectation is that his leadership will provide both stability and an enhanced culture of customer service and public safety to an already solid law enforcement agency."
As head of the Tallahassee Police Department, Chief DeLeo will direct a staff of 423 employees and maintain responsibility for a budget of $48 million.
Prior to his appointment, Chief DeLeo served as the Deputy Chief of the Plantation Police Department in Plantation, Fla. He began his career with the Plantation Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer. Throughout his career, he has served in the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division and supervised the SWAT Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Crisis Response Team, Field Force Unit, Traffic Unit and K-9 Unit. As Deputy Chief, he managed the Administration Bureau, which included the Budget, Fleet, Communications, Professional Standards, Records, Property and Evidence, Training, Recruitment and Hiring, and Code Enforcement departments.
Chief DeLeo's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Public Management from St. Thomas University and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy 219th Session and the 33rd Session of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course.
Chief DeLeo was named an FBI Leadership Fellow in 2004 and spent six months in residence at the FBI Academy where he assisted in developing and delivering executive law enforcement training around the world. He was also an adjunct faculty member for Broward College, Institute of Public Safety. Chief DeLeo is a member of the FDLE's Advisory Group for the Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training.
"The Tallahassee Police Department has a rich legacy," Chief DeLeo said. "There are many dedicated men & women who proudly serve the City. With their continued dedicated service combined with a strong foundation of past success, we will work closely with the community to ensure that you are proud of the Tallahassee Police Department and all those who serve here."
Chief DeLeo and his wife, Dina, have two children, Dominic and Anthony.
For more information, please call the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 or visit Talgov.com/TPD.
David Northway, Tallahassee Police Department, 891-4255; or Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533