Major Daniel Slaughter named as police chief

— 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 last week accepted the position of police chief for neighboring St. Petersburg. He has been with the department since October 1992 and will earn $123,000 as the new chief. He is a graduate of Largo High School and the University of South Florida.

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

“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.

Slaughter has been the major in charge of patrol operations for the past two years. In that position, he oversaw approximately 171 uniformed officers and three dozen civilian employees. Prior to that position, he held a number of positions including 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.”

The Clearwater Police Department is the third largest law enforcement agency in Pinellas County. The department employs 235 sworn police officers and approximately 100 civilian employees.

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

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