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Mike Kovacsev tapped for assistant chief post at St. Petersburg Police Department

St. Petersburg Police Department Maj. Mike Kovacsev, who has filled in as the acting assistant chief of administrative services since January, was permanently promoted to that position on Wednesday. [Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]

St. Petersburg Police Department Maj. Mike Kovacsev, who has filled in as the acting assistant chief of administrative services since January, was permanently promoted to that position on Wednesday. [Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]

ST. PETERSBURG — Police Maj. Mike Kovacsev, who has filled in since January as the St. Petersburg Police Department's acting assistant chief of the administrative services bureau, was permanently promoted to that position Wednesday.

Chief Tony Holloway made the promotion official at an afternoon ceremony.

A 21-year veteran, Kovacsev replaced former Asst. Chief Melanie Bevan, who left the department to become police chief of the Bradenton Police Department.

Kovacsev, 44, has worked as a patrol officer for the Childs Park Neighborhood and later transferred to the Community Policing Unit, where helped reform the Childs Park Neighborhood Association, according to his department bio. He was named the department's officer of the year in 1999.

In 2006, Kovacsev was tapped to be sergeant of the department's homicide unit, where he helped close several cold cases. Four years later, he was promoted to major in charge of the Crimes Against Persons division, where he commanded the city's detectives. In February 2015, he was assigned to serve as commander of Patrol District 1.

Kovacsev has a bachelor's degree in criminal University of South Florida and expects to receive a master's in that subject from St. Leo University next month. He spent 18 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and attained the rank of sergeant. He volunteers

Kovacsev and his wife, Cheri, have three children. In his spare time, he volunteers as an adviser for the Police Explorer program.

Mike Kovacsev tapped for assistant chief post at St. Petersburg Police Department 03/16/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:54pm]
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