News Release: City of Tallahassee
City Manager Anita Favors Thompson will be joined by other City and local officials on Monday, Dec. 30, for the official swearing-in ceremony of Michael DeLeo as the Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, which is located at 300 S. Adams Street. The public is welcome to attend.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department, DeLeo worked in law enforcement for 19 years with the Plantation Police Department in Plantation, Fla. There, DeLeo served as Deputy Chief in charge of day-to-day operations of a department with 325 employees and a $36 million budget. DeLeo has demonstrated a commitment to professionalism through graduation from the FBI National Academy, obtaining a law degree and helping lead a progressive police department.
DeLeo earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Public Management from St. Thomas University and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 2005 at Broward College facilitating classes for both general college and Police Academy students.
As Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department, DeLeo will direct a staff of 423 employees and maintain responsibility for a budget of $48 million.