Pinellas names police chief for its internal force
The Pinellas County School District has appointed a new police chief for its internal force.
Rick Stelljes, who has been serving as interim chief, will move into the position permanently on Sept. 11. His appointment is subject to approval by the School Board; they will consider it Sept. 10. Board members are expected to ratify the superintendent's personnel appointments unless a candidate is unqualified.
Stelljes replaces Thomas Gavin, who officially retired in March.
According to the school district, the position was advertised for one week and one applicant applied.
Stelljes started working for the school district in 2003. Before that, he had a long career with the St. Petersburg Police Department, serving as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, major, assistant chief and a division manager.