City of Clearwater names new police chief

A patrol division commander who has been with the Clearwater Police Department for more than two decades has been named the city's new police chief.
 
The announcement on Tuesday that Daniel Slaughter, 44, will take over the top job follows the recent resignation of Chief Tony Holloway, who left to become St. Petersburg's new police chief.
 
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne made the announcement in a statement. 
 
"Dan Slaughter meets all the criteria that we are looking for and need in a Police Chief. 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," Horne said.
 
Prirt to Tuesday's announcement, Slaughter was the major in charge of patrol operations for two years and oversaw more than 170 uniformed officers.
 
"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 is a graduate of Largo High School and the University of South Florida.  His salary as police chief will be $123,000.
 
He will take over on August 7 in a swearing-in ceremony during the 6 p.m. City Council meeting.
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