Advertisement
  1. News

Belleair names new police chief

Published Dec. 6, 2018

BELLEAIR — The town has a new police chief. Rick Doyle was sworn in at a recent commission meeting.

Doyle was selected following a search to replace outgoing Chief Bill Sohl, who retired after a 44-year career in law enforcement, 11 with Belleair and four years as chief.

In addition to his work in Belleair, Doyle left for a time for the Forsythe County Sheriff's Office in Georgia, where he joined the command staff and served as major and director of operations, before returning.

In introducing his new chief to the community, Town Manager J.P. Murphy was almost apologetic for taking so long to appoint Doyle. He indicated he knew all along Doyle was the man for the job.

"We knew we had the right guy," he said. "But we had to be 100 percent sure. We had to go through the interview process."

Murphy then revealed Doyle's qualifications for the position.

"He has over 30 years of diverse business experience and over 15 years of law enforcement experience," he said.

Doyle holds a master's degree in human resources and management and a bachelor's degree in human recourses. He is a state-certified peace officer in both Georgia and Florida.

Murphy said Doyle has also held senior vice president positions with both Aetna and Humana health care companies.

Doyle is also active in several community activities. He is part of the Heroes of the St. Pete Police, which is striving to erect a memorial to remember the fallen members of that department. He is also active in the Mike Alstott Foundation, charged with uplifting the spirits of families and in supporting the Special Olympics, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and several other charities.

"I am so humbled and thankful that so many people from my past are here this evening," Doyle said. "Belleair is a good community and it is overwhelming that I am taking this on.''

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. 12 minutes ago• Hernando
    Members of the Live Oak Conservatory Pre-K 1 Combo Class rest after their first session of tap, jazz and ballet. The class includes children from 18 months to 5 years old. The conservatory kicked off its second year in August, offering performing arts classes for children and adults. The Live Oak Theatre Company is a nonprofit repertory company, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts in Brooksville. Visit liveoaktheatre.org. Jane Russell Geddings
    News and notes about your neighbors
  2. Visit tampabay.com for the latest updates.
    Charges in the accident are pending.
  3. Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa, left, and Robert Luck, right, were appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by President Trump. Florida Supreme Court
    Ok losers, who needs access to our state politicians, anyway?
  4. Earlier today• Pasco
    The Dade City Monarch Butterfly Festival will be Oct. 12 in Hibiscus Park. AP
    News and notes from Pasco County
  5. Bubba's 33 recently broke ground on its first restaurant in Florida, which will open in Wesley Chapel in December. Pictured, left to right: Experience Florida's Sports Coast (Tourism) Director Adam Thomas, Bubba's 33 marketing director Crista Demers-Dean, Bubba's 33 managing partner Jeff Dean, Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and North Tampa Bay Chamber CEO Hope Allen. Andy Taylor
    News and notes on local businesses
  6. Taylor Bland-Ball, 22, posted this photo and open letter to Judge Thomas Palermo to her Instagram account on September 10, the day after she lost custody of her 4-year-old son Noah McAdams. The boy's parents wanted to treat his leukemia with natural health care remedies instead of chemotherapy. [Instagram] ANASTASIA DAWSON  |  Instagram
    The couple refused chemotherapy for their son, instead seeking alternative treatments including dietary plans, alkaline water and THC and CBD oil treatments
  7. Mos Antenor, 42, drives a bulldozer while clearing the road after Hurricane Dorian Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) RAMON ESPINOSA  |  AP
    Threatening to exacerbate islands’ problems, Humberto’s rains were falling on Abaco island.
  8. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
    His infant daughter suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said.
  9. In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, photo, Rod and Tonya Meldrum hold a portrait of their son Devin Meldrum, in Provo, Utah. He suffered from debilitating cluster headaches and fatally overdosed after taking a single fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone pill purchased from a dark-web store run by Aaron Shamo, according to his family and authorities. Shamo was not charged in Meldrum’s death, and his lawyers have argued that and other alleged overdoses can’t be definitively linked to him. RICK BOWMER  |  AP
    A clean-cut, 29-year-old college dropout and Eagle Scout named Aaron Shamo made himself a millionaire by building a fentanyl trafficking empire with not much more than his computer and the help of a...
  10. This photo of Patti Baumgartner, a Montana grandmother who wanted to slow down speeding drivers, went viral. Noah Pesola
    The photo of her sitting on the side of a road went viral.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement