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Clearwater names 22-year veteran Slaughter as police chief

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2014 at 01:38 PM

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Daniel Slaughter, a veteran of more than two decades with the Clearwater police, was named the 13th chief of the department Tuesday.

Slaughter, 44, replaces Anthony Holloway, who accepted the position of police chief for neighboring St. Petersburg last week.

Slaughter will be sworn in during the Aug. 7 city council meeting.

Slaughter, a Largo High School and University of South Florida graduate, had been the major in charge of patrol operations for two years, manaing about 170 uniformed officers and three dozen civilian employees.

As chief he will supervise 235 officers and about 100 civilians.

“Dan Slaughter meets all the criteria that we are looking for and need in a police chief,” City Manager Bill Horne said. “He is a highly competent police professional with the appropriate education credentials, field experience, and respect and support from his peers, subordinates, police unions, city department directors, neighborhood leaders and the Tampa Bay law enforcement community.”

Slaughter also formerly worked as the department’s special operations lieutenant, accreditation supervisor, homicide detective, community police officer, and a field training officer.

“I am fortunate to inherit an organization that benefits from a strong, positive relationship with the community and is staffed with skilled and committed officers supported by a professional civilian staff,” Slaughter said. “The future will still bring challenges and I look forward to effectively addressing those challenges and building on this agency’s well-deserved reputation for being a leader in community policing.”

Slaughter has been with the department since October 1992.

He will earn $123,000 as chief, the city said.

Holloway was a surprise choice as St. Petersburg police chief after a seven-month selection process that produced four finalists, all of whom Mayor Rick Kriseman passed over.

Holloway will serve in an advisory role as a special assistant to Clearwater’s city manager from Aug. 7-12, the city said.

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