CLEARWATER, Fla. – Eric Gandy has been named the 14th chief of police for the Clearwater Police Department.
Gandy, 56, is the former deputy chief of the department who had served as the city of Clearwater’s director of the marine and aviation department since 2022 when he retired from law enforcement after a 31-year career.
“I’m looking forward to leading a forward-thinking and highly regarded police department and the employees dedicated to public safety and the citizens we serve,” he said. “For three decades, the city and department provided me with the opportunity and support necessary to develop and succeed. I’m committed to doing the same for CPD employees and our future leadership.”
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Gandy’s appointment was announced Wednesday by City Manager Jennifer Poirrier.
It will be effective July 29, and he will be sworn in July 31 at a city council work session.
“Eric’s reputation in the law enforcement community, among city staff, and our community makes him the ideal pick for chief of police,” Poirrier said. “In his over 30 years of service in the police department and his most recent role as director of the marine and aviation department, Eric has demonstrated an affinity for problem solving and giving attention to detail. His work ethic, experience, and dedication will be a compliment to an already exemplary Senior Executive Team.”
Michael Walek has been serving as interim chief since the May retirement of Chief Daniel Slaughter, who is now an assistant city manager. Walek will return to his deputy chief role.
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