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Oak Forest Police Chief Passed Over for Florida Chief Spot

Oak Forest's Police Chief Greg Anderson was not selected for the role of Sarasota police chief, Sarasota Patch reports.

Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson will be sticking around, after administrators in Sarasota, Fla. decided to go with female candidate Bernadette DiPino, of Ocean City, Md. 

DiPino became the city's first-ever female police chief today, beating out Anderson and three other finalists. 

Anderson was one of five finalists (including DiPino) up for the role, including: Salvatore Ruggiero, retired division commander for Tampa Police Department; Mark A. Teunis, division commander of Clearwater Police Department; and Tonya D. Vincent, Richmond, Va., Deputy Police Chief.

Anderson has also previously applied for positions in Texas and Champaign. 

"I believe that this choice will set the tone and a progressive standard for the city and the SPD men and women in blue for years to come," said Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell.

—By Charles Schelle, Sarasota Patch Editor

Patrick McCarthy October 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Where will he apply next? He doesn't want to be here!
Jim M October 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Gee, Chief, thanks for sticking around! We feel blessed that you are willing to continue to grace us with your presence until you find a new job. Hasn't this guy been looking for a job ever since he was hired by Oak Forest? Wouldn't it be nice to have a chief of police that actually wants to be here? Someone who actually cares about Oak Forest and its residents. There are a lot of great police officers in OF who could do a great job - officers who have been here for years because this is their hometown and they actually care about OF.

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