Pinellas County's only public university just named its new police chief: David Hendry, a veteran of the Tallahassee Police Department. He'll start at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Oct. 28.
Although Hendry worked up in Tally, he grew up in St. Petersburg before earning a bachelor's in criminology and a master's in social services from Florida State University.
Most recently, Hendry was the police chief at Tallahassee Community College. He has 30 years of experience in law enforcement, according to a release sent out by USF St. Pete.
"I am pleased to have such an experienced and well-qualified law enforcement professional to fill this key leadership position on our team," said Sandra Conway, interim regional vice chancellor for administrative and financial services. "His experience in both municipal law enforcement and higher education will serve us well and his knowledge of St. Petersburg as a native of this city will allow him to hit the ground running."
Hendry started as a patrolman with TPD and became a major in charge of the organization development bureau. He is certified in FEMA emergency training and has special training in terrorism and crowd control.