ZEPHYRHILLS — David Shears, the city's longtime police chief, has announced his retirement after 25 years of service, and the city has promoted from within to replace him on an interim basis.
Shears plans to retire May 31 and received a rousing round of applause during Monday night's City Council meeting.
"I just want to congratulate you on a fine career," said council member Kenneth Compton.
The council then unanimously approved City Manager Steve Spina's naming of Capt. Derek Brewer as interim police chief.
Brewer also has a long history with the Zephyrhills Police Department, serving 15 years on the force and rising up through every rank. He first served on patrol, then became a field training officer. He went on to become a patrol sergeant before obtaining a promotion to lieutenant, then to patrol captain in 2014.
Spina said Brewer has an associate's degree in criminal justice from Hillsborough Community College and has attended the senior leadership training program at the Southern Police Institute and the Florida Police Chiefs executive leadership training in 2014. He is also slated to graduate from the Command Officer Management Program and obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University this year.