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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.

St. Pete mayor announces 10 semifinalists for police chief job 04/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 11:34pm]
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