03/10/2011

Fla. cop's tech savvy leads to appointment as Chief

A 39-year-old, 12-year veteran of the North Port (Fla.) PD is the first Chief to came up entirely within the department

By John Davis
Sarasota Herald Tribune

NORTH PORT, Fla. — Kevin Vespia, a 39-year-old former road patrol officer who worked his way up the ranks of the North Port Police Department, is now the city's top law enforcement officer.

Promoted in a ceremony this week, Vespia is the first North Port chief who came up entirely through the department. His promotion has been a morale boost in a city without a permanent city manager. The internal move paved the way for three others to be promoted, including Sgt. Chris Morales, Capt. Lee Liermann and Lt. Tom Stella.

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