Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

St. Pete mayor announces 10 semifinalists for police chief job

ST. PETERSBURG — On Friday, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced the 10 semifinalists contending for police chief.

"Over the course of the next 45 days, I will invite key constituency groups to City Hall to review these semifinalists, subsequently narrow the field to 3-4, and then invite each semifinalist to St. Petersburg for in-person interviews and a public forum," he wrote in a letter to City Council members. "Residents will also be given the opportunity to weigh in online. I will continue to share information with you as it is finalized."

The group included largely out-of-state candidates, though the two most familiar names came from within the department: assistant chiefs Melanie Bevan and Luke Williams.

The other candidates, along with biographical information taken from their resumes, are:

• Robert Buckman is chief deputy and operations bureau commander at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in Virginia. He has 32 years of law enforcement experience.

• Derrick Diggs is the former chief at the Toledo Police Department in Ohio. He announced his retirement from the agency late last year, citing "irreconcilable differences in policing philosophy" with the city's mayor, according to area news outlets. He has 37 years of law enforcement experience.

• Jerry Geier is chief of the Goodyear Police Department in Arizona. He was previously chief of Arizona's Yuma Police Department and has experience in Florida, working separately at the Orange and Osceola county sheriff's offices. He has 30 years of law enforcement experience.

• Craig S. Goralski is assistant chief at the METRO Police Department in Houston. He has 32 years of law enforcement experience.

• Ronald Gray is deputy chief of the homeland security subdivision for the Columbus division of police in Ohio. He has 34 years of law enforcement experience.

• William M. Heim is chief of the Reading Police Department in Pennsylvania. He has previously served as police chief in two other cities and once before in Reading. He has 33 years of law enforcement experience.

• Terrence Jay Pierce is a captain at the Montgomery County Department of Police in Rockville, Md. He has 24 years of law enforcement experience.

• Thaddeus A. Reddish is assistant chief at the New Haven Police Department in Connecticut. He has 22 years of law enforcement experience.

Comments

Fatal pedestrian crash closes SB lanes on U.S. 19 in Hudson

PORT RICHEY— The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian at U.S. 19 and New York Avenue, in Hudson. Troopers said a vehicle hit an unidentified pedestrian. One person has died, according to troopers.According to b...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Two accused of turning St. Petersburg test drive into carjacking

Two accused of turning St. Petersburg test drive into carjacking

MADEIRA BEACH — Two men were arrested Thursday after a carjacking during a test drive led to a crash on Gulf Boulevard less than an hour later, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, 30-year-old Robert Gajate went t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

On a Wednesday morning, a mother and her little girl, not quite 2, went for a stroll along one of Tampa’s prettiest streets.It was nearly lunchtime when they were crossing back over Bayshore Boulevard, headed to the home nearby where they were stayin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after mother’s death

Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after mother’s death

TAMPA — Jessica Raubenolt seized on the sunshine and blue sky at midday Wednesday to take her daughter out in the stroller for a walk along scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Visiting from Ohio, the family had been cursed by rain all week.At the same time, C...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

WIMAUMA — A 30-year-old man died on Thursday after his sedan crashed head-on into a dump truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 p.m. on U.S. 301 near Lightfood Road.Gerardo Yslas of Immokalee was driving a 2012...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Police: Toddler injured in Bayshore racing incident has died

Police: Toddler injured in Bayshore racing incident has died

TAMPA — The 21-month-old toddler who was critically injured Wednesday when she and her mother were struck by a car racing on Bayshore Boulevard has died.The child, Lillia Raubenolt, was pronounced dead at the hospital on Thursday, police said.PREVIOU...
Published: 05/24/18
One day after fatal accident, Tampa moves to lower speed limit on Bayshore Blvd

One day after fatal accident, Tampa moves to lower speed limit on Bayshore Blvd

TAMPA — City officials announced Thursday they are reducing the speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, one day after a mother and her 21-month-old daughter were struck and fatally injured by a speeding car as they crossed the street.Starting today , city...
Published: 05/24/18
Pasco sheriff: Man stabbed driver, kicked officer

Pasco sheriff: Man stabbed driver, kicked officer

DADE CITY — A 42-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said he jumped on top of a car, stabbed the driver multiple times and then kicked an officer.Roscoe James faces charges of attempted murder, two counts o...
Published: 05/24/18
Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

TAMPA— The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg confirmed Thursday that the three men involved in the Bayshore Boulevard crash that killed an Ohio mother and critically injured her 21-month-old daughter are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High Schoo...
Published: 05/24/18
GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

TAMPA — Friends were hoping to use GoFundMe to raise $2,000 for the family of Jessica Raubenolt, who was struck and killed Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard.As of Thursday morning, more than $20...
Published: 05/24/18