Dade City Gets New Police Chief
Other command leadership changes completed a re-organization of the Dade City Police Department.
DADE CITY – James E. Walters has been appointed to be Dade City’s police chief.
William C. Poe, Jr., city manager for Dade City, made the decision Wednesday (Aug. 21). Walters has been serving as acting chief since February. The former chief, Raymond E. Velboom, retired effective June 1 after 10 years of service.
Walters has been with the Dade City Police Department for more than 23 years and has served in patrol, criminal investigations and administration. Poe said Walters’ experience and his knowledge of Dade City and Pasco County were key factors in his selection.
In related action, Poe also appointed Lts. William Rowe and Brian Uppercue to serve, respectively, in the operations and administrative divisions of the Police Department. Both men have considerable law
enforcement experience, and have also been serving in acting capacities since February.
“I think Dade City is very fortunate to have three highly qualified individuals within its police department to help lead the agency into its future and I am confident that I have a leadership team at DCPD that will be able to handle anything that comes up.”
All three men will be formally installed into their new ranks at Tuesday’s (Aug. 28) city commission meeting.
Photo of James E. Walters courtesy of the city of Dade City.
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