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.
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.