Two Finalists Chosen for Panama City Police Chief

Panama City police will soon have a new leader, the long list of candidates for the police chief position has been whittled down to two finalists.

Scott Ervin and Michael DeLeo spent time with city officials at a meet and greet Wednesday afternoon

Both men have close to 20 years of experience in the field.

Ervin is acting as interim chief for the police department after the retirement of former chief John Van Etten. DeLeo is the deputy chief of police for the Plantation Police Department.

Although they each bring different qualities to the table, both believe, regardless of who is chosen, the city will be well served.

"Just coming up in the organization I know the city, I know the community, the already established partnerships," said Ervin. "It's not just me, it's this community that makes this a great place, so just continue to enhance those partnerships and working together we'll do great things."

When asked what he could be expected to bring to the table DeLeo spoke about his diverse background noting his work with law enforcement, daily operations, anything from K-9 to the SWAT team.

Panama City city manager Kenneth Hammons will be making the decision on who will be awarded this position.


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