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Orlando Police Chief Resigns

February 13, 2014  | 

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Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney is resigning as the city's top cop, and Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed Deputy Chief John Mina to the job on Wednesday, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

It's a voluntary exit for Rooney, 49, who spent his entire career at OPD and was generally well-liked among officers and at City Hall. With 28 years on the job, he's leaving with a maxed-out pension to take a job as vice president of safety and security at Valencia College.

Dyer called a news conference at OPD headquarters to announce his appointment of Mina as chief. Mina, 45, is another OPD lifer. The deputy chief, who was recruited to the department 23 years ago as a young 82nd Airborne soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, had a strong message for lawbreakers.

"To the criminal element who preys upon this community, and to the truly evil ones who prey upon our children and the weak, and to the ones who will try to do harm to our police officers, we will hunt you down and bring you to justice," Mina said.


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Retired Chief @ 2/13/2014 2:57 PM

I like the tone and content of the newly appointed Chief's statement. Much better than the mealy mouthed crap we usually hear today about "partnership" et etc. Our job is to take bad guys off the streets, pure and simple. Most of the feel good stuff too many cops get saddled with doing could be done by anyone. Our officers are warriors, sheepdogs, and wolf hunters. Save the other stuff for social workers. Good luck chief

Retired Chief @ 2/13/2014 2:57 PM

I like the tone and content of the newly appointed Chief's statement. Much better than the mealy mouthed crap we usually hear today about "partnership" et etc. Our job is to take bad guys off the streets, pure and simple. Most of the feel good stuff too many cops get saddled with doing could be done by anyone. Our officers are warriors, sheepdogs, and wolf hunters. Save the other stuff for social workers. Good luck chief

SouthernLadyLaw @ 2/13/2014 4:15 PM

Kudos to Chief Rooney for making Orlando a great place to take family and friends. Law enforcement is the first and most important requirement for a profitable tourist industry. And Orlando is a lovely place to live because of the great cops there. Good job, Chief!

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