DADE CITY — The packed audience gave the new police chief a standing ovation, then left after he was sworn in.
Commissioners welcomed new police Chief Raymond Velboom to the city Tuesday night.
The city has been without a permanent chief since Phillip Thompson retired in August. Before Velboom, Capt. David Duff served as the interim chief.
Velboom praised his new colleagues and predecessor.
"I have big shoes to fill," he said.
Velboom, a 27-year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, recently served on a committee charged with evaluating the Hillsborough County jail system after inmate abuse allegations.
Members of the city police force and Pasco Sheriff Bob White were present when Velboom took his oath.
His wasn't the only new face at the meeting.
Tuesday was the first meeting attended by new City Manager William Poe after he was hired in February.
"It's a pretty exciting time for Dade City," said Mayor Hutch Brock.
Poe stayed quiet for the majority of the meeting. He addressed the commission about the state Department of Transportation's plan to repave Meridian Avenue. He said eight parking spaces near Seventh Street will be eliminated if the DOT adds a planned bike lane.
Parking is already tight in downtown, so commissioners decided to explore another area for the bike path. They will meet with representatives from the DOT next week.
The city also honored Finance Director and City Clerk Jim Class on Tuesday night. Class served as the interim city manager before the city hired Poe.
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