Tampa Police chief leaves Safe Places for victims of hate crimes, bullying as he announces his retirement

By : Rachel Dececco
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TAMPA – Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward announced his retirement from the Tampa Police Department in a press conference with Mayor Bob Buckhorn July 6.

Ward has served 29 years with the TPD, the last two years as its police chief. Ward was appointed to replace former Police Chief Jane Castor in 2015. Castor was Tampa’s first female and openly gay police chief.

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Openly gay police chief suspended from job in South Carolina

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The openly gay police chief of a small South Carolina town has been suspended from her job for five days, but the town administrator said it has nothing to do with her sexual orientation.

Latta Town Administrator Jarett Taylor said he can’t give the exact reason for Crystal Moore’s suspension because it’s a personnel matter.

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Former police chief says firing was over sexual orientation

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A former police chief in southern New Mexico is saying she was fired over her sexual orientation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Diana Mejia had been leading the Anthony police force for 18 months when she was fired following a closed-door meeting of four elected officials.

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Police Chief Jane Castor set to retire after more than 30 years with Tampa Police Department

By : Steve Blanchard
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Tampa – At the close of business on May 8, Jane Castor will no longer be the chief of police for the Tampa Police Department. After more than three decades in law enforcement, the recent grand marshal of Tampa Pride is finally retiring—kind of.

Castor will run a nonprofit that will “start its work where the city budget stops,” she said.

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