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Is St. Pete assistant chief Melanie Bevan Bradenton's next police chief?

Melanie Bevan, a longtime veteran of the St. Petersburg Police Department, left, answers questions from the public at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. She is expected to be named Bradenton's police chief.

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Melanie Bevan, a longtime veteran of the St. Petersburg Police Department, left, answers questions from the public at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. She is expected to be named Bradenton's police chief.

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Melanie Bevan, who lost out on St. Petersburg's top police job in 2014 is expected to be named Bradenton's police chief.

Bevan, who joined the department in 1986 as a 19-year-old, currently serves as assistant chief for administrative services.

Bevan is meeting with Bradenton officials later today, said Yolanda Fernandez, the police department's spokeswoman.

The Sarasota Hearld-Tribune reported this morning Bevan would be the final choice out of 118 candidates for Bradenton's top cop.

Neither Bevan nor Chief Tony Holloway wanted to comment immediately, Ferndandez said.

"It came out a little prematurely. All the t's haven't been crossed and i's dotted," she said.

Holloway's selection as chief disappointed many Bevan supporters. She had emerged as the leading internal candidate before Mayor Rick Kriseman lured Holloway from Clearwater.

For more on Bevan's long career with the St. Petersburg police department, read a 2012 Times profile  of her. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:19am]

    

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