Panama City's Former Top Cop Dies

Former Panama City Police Chief Tom McAuley died in south Alabama Wednesday.

McAuley had been police chief from the late 60's to the early 80's coming here from a stint as Police Chief in Opelika, Alabama.

After that he was the Chief Deputy for Sheriff Lavelle Pitts at the Bay County Sheriff's Department.

He then returned to his hometown of Opelika to retire. He lived there until his death this week.

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said McAuley was a great guy and brought a great deal of professionalism to the department.

Three notable law enforcement officers, Frank McKeithen, Capt Ralph Dyer who spent Many Years at the Sheriff Department, and David Slusser who went on to be Panama City's police chief, were all hired at the same time by McAuley from a 1973 police minimum standards class at Gulf Coast Jr. College.

A Memorial Service will be held in a few days in Panama City.