[UPDATE] Quincy Police Chief Search

By: La'Tasha Givens, Quincy Press Release Email
By: La'Tasha Givens, Quincy Press Release Email

CITY MANAGER JACK MCLEAN ANNOUNCES QUINCY POLICE CHIEF

Quincy, FL, February 16, 2011 – Walter McNeil has been chosen as the Police Chief for the City of Quincy, effective February 28, 2011. He had more than 29 years of law enforcement experience when appointed by Governor Charlie Crist on February 20, 2008 as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Walter is a leader, someone who can instill confidence up and down the ranks; and based on his past experiences he can also communicate well with Quincy’s diverse community, said Manager Jack McLean. As former chief of the largest municipal law enforcement unit in the region—Tallahassee—Chief McNeil worked closely with Quincy law enforcement personnel and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Department. His working knowledge of and familiarity with Quincy’s police department means that he can quickly translate community aspirations into operation objectives on the ground. Quincy can expect that his presidency of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, his relationships with state and national law enforcement will lead to additional resources to build a first class police force.

Prior to being selected to lead the above-named agencies, McNeil was the Chief of Police for the City of Tallahassee, Florida. Appointed to this position in 1997, McNeil served as the Tallahassee Police Chief for almost ten years. As Chief of Police, he directed 345 sworn police officers and approximately 130 full time civilian employees, and administered a total annual budget of approximately $42 million to ensure the effective delivery of law enforcement services. During his tenure as Chief, the Police Department consistently received very high customer service satisfaction ratings from the citizens of Tallahassee.

Chief McNeil holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He and his wife Gloria are parents of three adult children. They currently reside in Tallahassee and will begin their journey to Quincy in the very near future.

Chief McNeil is excited about the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Quincy and looks forward to becoming involved in the community.

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There are two finalists for Quincy Police Chief...and one of them is a very familiar face in our neck of the woods.

Former Tallahassee Police Chief Walt McNeil, whose appointment as Secretary of Florida's Department of Corrections ends this month, is in the running to lead the Quincy P-D.

He's up against Denita Ball. She is the Deputy Inspector in Milwaukee and currently serves as an acting Assistant Bureau Chief for the Milwaukee PD.

Quincy Human Resources Director Lauren Wright says, "It's very important for our city manager and the staff because we want to hear from the citizens just so that we can address some of their issues."

A public interview at City Hall this afternoon gave community leaders a chance to ask the candidates questions. The city manager hopes to name the new police chief sometime next week.


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  • by Chuck Location: Tally on Feb 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Great Choice I think. He is smart, experienced and well thought of in the law enforcement community.
  • by Me Location: Gadsden Co. on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Good choice for Quincy. Walt will bring a lot of change to Quincy PD. I feel he can help the City PD get accredited, that can bring more jobs and more money to QPD.
  • by Nabi2007 Location: out of my mind on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Walt, I see you're still touting the Masters in Criminology you obtained through a diploma mill in Louisiana - LaSalle U home of the best college degrees money can buy! And don't attack me by saying all lies. He so much as admitted this fact when it was determined he "falsified" is application for Secretary of Corrections.
  • by family Location: Unknow on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Congratulations to Walt McNeil. Quincy has made a great choice.
  • by Good Choice Location: Tallahassee on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    A very good choice.
  • by Tallahassee on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Great choice. Congratulations Walt!!! Look out Quincy!! Between the sheriff and now the chief, It's on!!!
  • by Mrs Jackson Location: Gadsden County on Feb 16, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    I am completely elated. This is the best news to come out of Gadsden County in years. It’s about time the city of Quincy recruited someone from outside of their area to lead the police force.
  • by CHeryl Location: Florida on Feb 15, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    I am very disappointed no one local was considered for picked for Chief of Police. There are a lot of good, qualified candidates right here locally. There was NO reason to hire outside of Gadsden Co.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    no surprize here
  • by LATASHA GRAM Location: QUINCY on Feb 11, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    IM PRAYING HE OR SHE REMOVE ALL THE BAD COP'S AT QPD BECAUSE AS A QUINCY FL RESIDENT I DONT FEEL SAFE.THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AN JAIL STAFF REALLY NEED'S HELP IF I WASNT SO SCARED FOR ME AN MY FAMILY I WOULD TAKE A STAND!
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